The Greek Council for German World War II reparations have sent a letter to the country’s prime minister, the president of the Parliament and the leaders of the parties represented in the Greek and European Parliaments, informing them that it is beginning a new round of talks with the country’s institutional representatives.
The Council states in the letter that it is well-known that Greece suffered from barbarous treatment during the German occupation and paid a very high cost in terms of loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. However, in contrast with other countries, the Council believes Greece’s fair demands have not been satisfied at all, calling Germany’s attitude “arrogant and intransigent”.
Members of the Council stated “we are certain that as long as the issue of the German debt remains pending, there will be bitterness and friction with every German government and (this will) have a negative effect in the two countries’ relations. We believe that … we managed to build a patriotic and democratic claim.”
The Council was founded on January 22, 1996 by the former members of the Greek resistance during WWII and by those who fought against dictatorship in postwar years, with former MEP Manolis Glezos as representative. It fights for the return of all stolen archaeological and cultural wealth, the return of the occupation loan including interest, and for war reparations from Germany, including direct reparations to the families of Nazi victims.