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Poland's President Expected to Make Statement on Holocaust Bill on Tuesday

Poland's President Expected to Make Statement on Holocaust Bill on Tuesday

Acknowledging the concerns of Israel, the United States and Holocaust scholars, President Andrzej Duda said he would ask the country's constitutional court to review the law, leaving open the possibility it could be amended.

Duda had the choice of signing the bill, returning the bill to parliament for further debate, asking to make changes to the law or even rejecting it. But at the same time... Poland's right-wing government claims the law is not meant to limit freedom to research or speak about the Holocaust.

The Polish measure would impose prison sentences of up to three years for mentioning the term "Polish death camps" and for suggesting "publicly and against the facts" that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany's crimes.

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it will continue to discuss the bill with Poland. And yes, more Poles have been honored by Yad Vashem for their life-saving efforts to protect Jews during the war than any other nation. He says it would be better if Poland said "there was evil done".

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.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said "there is not the slightest doubt about who is responsible for the extermination camps, who made them work to kill millions of European Jews: namely the Germans".

The State Department, in an unusual statement last week, said the law could have "repercussions" for U.S.

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But Polish officials have defended the legislation, saying that the row with Israel was rooted in misunderstanding. However, following worldwide scandal unleashed by new law, which punishes among or things use of term "Polish concentration camps" to refer to centers of extermination of Jews that Nazis built in occupied Poland, doubt has Wanted to leave open a small loophole in some changes and has stated that, although after signing law, ask Constitutional Court some clarifications.

But he said the point of the law is to prevent Poles and Poland from being wrongly accused of institutionalized participation in the Holocaust.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has described the tensions as a "temporary weakening of relations with Israel and the USA" but added that he hoped for an improvement soon after Poland explained its position.

"Poland can be certain that any distortion of history such as the notion of "Polish concentration camps" will be clearly rejected and firmly condemned".

Thousands of Poles have been recognized by the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel for helping rescue Jews during the war, despite a death penalty for anyone found helping a Jew while the country was under Nazi occupation.

And yet, many would argue that the law restricts free speech and supports Holocaust denial.

The bill penalizes blaming Poles as a nation for crimes committed by Nazi Germany during World War II.


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