Polish PM ‘surprised’ by Netanyahu’s remarks on active role of Poles in Nazi atrocities
The Polish Prime Minister’s office is ‘examining’ a statement of Prime Minister Netanyahu on the active role of Poles in the Nazis atrocities during World War II, and defined it as “surprising.”
“The Poles collaborated with the Nazis and I don’t know anyone who was ever sued for such a statement,” Netanyahu said at the Warsaw conference on the Middle East.
Netanyahu made the remark in response to a question regarding the Holocaust denial law, in which the current Polish ultra-nationalist government attempts to rewrite history and downplay the collaboration of Poles with the Nazis during World War II.
Last year, Polish lawmakers voted to water down the Holocaust denial law following pressure from Israel and the United States, and removed parts that imposed jail terms on people who mention Poland’s active role in the Holocaust and make the use of phrases such as “Polish Death Camps” to refer to the Polish death camps, punishable.
PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara, US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, laid wreaths at the Ghetto Heroes Monument, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Also participating were Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and the American administration’s envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and US Vice President Pence signed the guestbook at the adjacent Museum of the History of Polish Jews.