Explainer 279: Poland and Israel – refusing reparations
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18 August 2021
Diplomatic ties between Poland and Israel are severing swiftly. It after the passing of a law in Poland that prevents the descendants of Holocaust survivors from claiming homes stolen from their families by Nazis and communists during, and since, the Second World War. Andrew Mueller explains why this is not a new point of contention between the two nations and why it has finally come to a head now.
18 August 2021
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