Poland in Yet Another Holocaust Spat

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Poland's Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.

Poland’s Prime Minister is facing criticism after claiming that Jews were among those who perpetrated the Holocaust.

Mateusz Morawiecki, responding to a question on Poland’s new Holocaust law at the Munich Security Conference, said ‘It’s extremely important to first understand that, of course, it’s not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators – as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian…. not only German perpetrators.’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond.

He said Mr. Morawiecki’s comments were ‘outrageous’ and showed ‘an inability to understand history’.

A Polish government statement defended the Polish Prime Minister’s comments:

‘The comments of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a discussion in Munich were by no means intended to deny the Holocaust, or charge the Jewish victims of the Holocaust with responsibility for what was a Nazi German perpetrated genocide.

The words […] should be interpreted as a sincere call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust, regardless of the nationality of those involved in each crime.’

More to follow.

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