Polish President Will Sign Holocaust Law


But it also "takes into account the sensitivity of those for whom the issue of historical truth, the memory of the Holocaust is incredibly important", Duda added.

"Yes, the death camps in Poland were built and operated by the Germans, and we can not allow them to evade responsibility for these actions". Poland's right-wing government claims the law is not meant to limit freedom to research or speak about the Holocaust.

Nationalist groups that take their names from anti-Semitic organizations active before World War II had planned a protest in front of the Israeli embassy on Monday, but local officials blocked their access to the street in front of the building.

It has caused a diplomatic crisis with Israel, which fears it will enable Poland to whitewash the role of Poles during the Holocaust.

Moreover, whilst the concentration camps were the site where Jewish people were killed in the millions, the murdering of Poles of Christian and other denominations (numbering in the hundreds of thousands) should not be discounted or forgotten.

However, in an unusual move, Andrzej Duda also said he will ask the country's constitutional court to evaluate the bill and suggest possible amendments.

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party vowed to push through a law regulating public statements about the country's Holocaust experience soon after it came to power in 2015.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum in the U.S., however, said many polish citizens "were complicit in the crimes against Jews", even as it acknowledged that thousands of Poles also risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbours.

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Analysts say that the legislation has isolated Poland from Israel, a key ally of the United States and neighbouring Ukraine.

"We hope that within allotted time until the court's deliberations are concluded, we will manage to agree on changes and corrections", the spokesperson said. "Israel and Poland hold a joint responsibility to research and preserve the history of the Holocaust", the Israeli government said in a statement on Twitter.

Unfortunately, at a moment when most would wish cooler heads would prevail, a trip by the Israeli Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, has been cancelled after he strongly condemned the proposed law.

Bennett reiterated the same message in his statement on Monday.

While anti-Semitism is a growing concern in Poland, numerous law's supporters are not anti-Semitic. And among Poles were a nourishing number who helped Jews and opposed tremendous resistance to regime of third Reich.

Israel has repeatedly expressed outrage, claiming that it will stifle Holocaust discussion and allow for the whitewashing of crimes such as the denunciation and killing of Jews by Poles.

A related row over the bill also pitted Warsaw against Kiev.