Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Saturday there were also Jewish perpetrators of the Holocaust.
Mateusz was responding to a question posed to him at the Munich Security Conference by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, on the heels of the new law in the country that downplay Poland’s role in Nazi atrocities and make the use of phrases such as “Polish Death Camps” to refer to the Polish death camps, punishable.
Ronen Bergman spoke of his mother who survived the Holocaust in Poland, questioning whether if he were to tell her story in Poland today, he would be breaking the law and could be penalized. He told the prime minister that he was “drawing more fire” to the subject of Polish complicity, drawing applause from the audience.
“Of course it’s not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators,” PM Mateusz answered.
“The Polish Prime Minister’s remarks here in Munich are outrageous. There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people. I intend to speak with him forthwith”, PM Netanyahu said.
Yesh Atid party chair Yair Lapid called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately recall Israel’s ambassador in Warsaw.
“The Polish Prime Minister’s statement is antisemitism of the oldest kind. The perpetrators are not the victims. The Jewish state will not allow the murdered to be blamed for their own murder. I again call upon the Prime Minister to immediately recall our Ambassador,” Lapid wrote on Twitter.