A 2016 parliamentary committee found that Germany should pay over €300 billion ($338.79 billion) for its wartime atrocities on Greek soil, including deaths of 300,000 Greeks and a forced loan that Adolf Hitler's war machine extorted from the Bank of Greece in 1942.
Many Greeks believe the crisis was made longer and more damaging by the drastic austerity program imposed from its foreign partners.
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Addressing the lawmakers, Tsipras underlined that the issues of austerity and wartime reparations should be kept separate.
Commenting on the Wednesday vote, Germany's government spokesman Steffen Seibert acknowledged Germany's responsibility for the occupation.