Polish Prime Minister: Jews Were Also Perpetrators Of The Holocaust
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Saturday that there were “Jewish perpetrators” in the Holocaust, as well as Poles and others.

At the Munich Security Conference, the PM said it won’t be punishable to say that there were Polish perpetrators under a controversial new law in the country outlawing public statements that falsely and intentionally attribute Nazi crimes to Poland under the German occupation.

In response to a question by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman regarding the controversial law that criminalizes mentioning the Polish nation’s complicity in the Holocaust, Morawiecki said that Polish people aided their Jewish brothers and sisters.

“Of course it’s not going to be punishable, [it’s] 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,” the PM told Yedioth Ahronoth’s Ronen Bergman, a reporter who could be penalized for telling a story in Poland about his mother who survived the Holocaust.

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This month, Poland passed a law imposing jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, prompting criticism from Israel and the US.

Morawiecki then reiterated his government’s policy that there were no Polish death camps, as Poland was under German occupation and the correct term should be German death camps.

“Polish embassies had to react 260 times in 2017 alone with regards to the expression ‘Polish death camps’ or ‘Polish concentration camps.’ Well, ladies and gentlemen, there were no Polish death camps or concentration camps. There were German Nazi death camps.” the PM said.

“The mere fact that we have to explain it today stems from our history. For 50 years after the Second World War—45 to be exact—we couldn’t defend our case. There was no Polish independent state.” He added.

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