Poland's Israel Embassy Defaced After PM's Remarks

20 February, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Heated debate over Poland's controversial Holocaust law has reached new levels this week after the Polish prime minister spoke of "Jewish perpetrators" during the Nazi era, causing outrage in Israel.

"The perpetrators are not the victims".

The bill was labeled "anti-Semitic", and Knesset member and chairperson of Yesh Atid Yair Lapid, the son of a Holocaust survivor, said it "tries to deny Polish complicity in the Holocaust".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Muni World conference in Tel Aviv on February 14, 2018.

Dozens of Jews are known to have collaborated with the Nazis in Germany alone, helping the Nazis track down other Jews in hiding, often in the hope of escaping the Nazi death machine. "The Polish state was not complicit in the Holocaust, but many Poles were". "The government of Israel has to be a voice for the millions of murdered and strongly denounce the Polish prime minister's words".

The journalist, Ronen Bergman, confronted Morawiecki with his personal story of a Jewish ancestor who was reported by Polish neighbors to the Nazi Gestapo.

In Munich on Saturday, Mateusz Morawiecki described the suffering and losses suffered by the Polish people in the war, many of whom had helped Jews - although he added that there were "Polish perpetrators" too.

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"Each crime must be judged individually, and no single act of wickedness should burden with responsibility entire nations, which were conquered and enslaved by Nazi Germany", she said.

Approximately three million of Poland's 3.2 million prewar Jews were killed during the German Nazi occupation.

"In such a delicate matter, he should have been precise and specified the crimes and the criminals", the article stated, slamming the premier for making no distinction between "the behavior of a handful of Jews and the crimes of the Germans and a sizable group of Poles, Ukrainians and Russians".

An AJC leadership delegation, led by AJC CEO David Harris, was in Warsaw last month and met with the Prime Minister. For tactical reasons, it collaborated with the Germans late in the war to focus on fighting communists, who were laying the groundwork for what would be decades of Soviet-backed rule.

Poland recently passed legislation criminalizing accusations that it was complicit during the holocaust, which sparked worldwide controversy.

Jews from across the continent were sent to be killed at death camps built and operated by Germans in occupied Poland - home to Europe's biggest Jewish community at the time - including Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor.

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