Criminal offense the use of the phrase Polish death camps

by Abel Hampton January 29, 2018, 0:17
Criminal offense the use of the phrase Polish death camps

Poland hosted pre-war Europe's largest Jewish population and there were thousands of reported incidents in which Jews were betrayed by non-Jewish Poles including former neighbors and friends, and when local populations took part in Nazi-led actions to kill Jews.

But critics, including those in Israel, home to tens of thousands of aging Holocaust survivors, believe the law would hamper dialogue about the Holocaust and distort history.

The camps were established and operated by the Nazis after Poland was invaded in 1939.

Those who oppose the law claim that it will be almost impossible to enforce the law outside of Poland and that within the country's borders, the law could restrict freedom of speech and affect indications of Polish involvement in crimes against Jews during World War II.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his opposition to a draft Polish law that would criminalise statements suggesting Poland bears responsibility for the Holocaust.

The new law would apply to both Polish citizens and foreigners "regardless of the rules in force in the location where the act was committed", according to the official wording. One of Poland's greatest sons, Pope John Paul II, understood the face of evil when he said, "No one is permitted to pass by the tragedy of Shoah".

New laws in Poland make it a criminal offence to suggest the country had anything to do with crimes committed by Nazi Germany. "It is also a historical fact that Germans initiated it", said Bennet. The law is expected to apply to people outside of Poland, making it more hard to enforce.

Yair Lapid, chairman of Yesh Atid party, even started a quarrel with the Polish embassy in Israel after he slammed the bill as an attempt "to deny Polish complicity in the Holocaust" on his Twitter account.

"It is a historical fact that many Poles helped murder Jews". "Auschwitz-Birkenau is not a Polish name, and Arbeit Macht Frei is not a Polish phrase".

"Jews, Poles, and all victims should be guardians of the memory of all who were murdered by German Nazis", Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland said on Twitter Saturday night, after the backlash began.

Meanwhile, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, issued its own statement opposing the new legislation.


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