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Polish war victim sues Germany


A Polish man who was burned as a child by a Nazi wartime attack on
his village is suing Germany for compensation.

Winicjusz Natoniewski's claim is the first of its kind to come
before a Polish court, according to his lawyers, and could trigger
an avalanche of similar claims.

He is demanding one million Polish zloty (£255,000) in reparations
for the February 1944 punishment attack on his village of Szczecyn,
about 100 miles south of Warsaw.

He was just six years old when German police units set the village
ablaze. At least 360 people died but Mr Natoniewski, 69, survived.
The suit was filed with a court in Gdansk on Monday.

Previous claims in German courts have failed for passing the statute
of limitations, but a Polish legal expert, Roman Nowosielski,
insists that the collective punishment at Szczecyn was a crime
against humanity and is therefore not bound by any deadline.