Holocaust Museum in Washington Condemns Poland's Draft Holocaust Legislation


"History can not be changed, and the Holocaust must not be denied", Netanyahu said.

The Israeli foreign ministry summoned Poland's charge d'affaires - the ambassador was overseas - to object to the bill, which is still going through parliament.

Israelis, Jews and countless others affected by the Holocaust shared their disbelief at legislation passed on Friday that provides jail time for the "crime" of referring to "Polish death camps".

Netanyahu added that during the week, Israel's ambassador to Poland will have meetings to discuss the issue with "the entire Polish leadership, including the Prime Minister, the President and the Senate".

"On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, more than ever, and above all considerations, we are faced with our duty to remember our brothers and sisters who were murdered", Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, said, in a statement.

Member of Knesset (MK) Yair Lapid got into a twitter battle with the Polish embassy in Israel after he posted his strong condemnation of the bill, which he charged "tries to deny Polish complicity in the Holocaust".

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"However, restrictions on statements by scholars and others regarding the Polish people's direct or indirect complicity with the crimes committed on their land during the Holocaust are a serious distortion". It demonized Gross and investigated whether he had slandered Poland by asserting that Poles killed more Jews than they killed Germans during the war.

"Our ambassador in Warsaw, at my instruction, spoke with the prime minister of Poland during last night's ceremony commemorating the Holocaust at Auschwitz, and emphasized these positions of ours", he said, referring to a service to mark the 73rd anniversary of the death camp's liberation. About 380,000 survived the genocide, the rest having died in ghettos and death camps there, according to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Israeli leaders angrily criticized pending legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust, with some accusing the Polish government of outright denial Saturday as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

When the country was occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II, it lost six million of its citizens - including three million Jews in the Holocaust.

Many historians warn against trying to simplify Poland's role in the Holocaust. My grandmother was murdered in Poland by Germans and Poles. "But it seems that now the Polish government is reversing course and it's generating a lot of anger, as is visible in Lapid's reaction", Zuroff said. "We've had enough of Poland and Poles being blamed for German crimes".

"The implication of the new law means that in theory, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland who lives in Israel, who may make a statement such as "the Polish people were involved in the murder of my grandfather in the Holocaust" or 'my mother was murdered in a Polish extermination camp, ' would be liable for imprisonment in Poland", Haaretz wrote.