Polish president vows to sign controversial Holocaust legislation
Feb 07 2018
"I decided that I would sign the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, and I will give it to the Constitutional Court", Duda said in his statement on the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, the Office of the Polish president said on its official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.
Poland's president signed legislation Tuesday that imposes prison terms of up to three years for falsely and intentionally attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to Poland.
Jewish groups in the United States have accused the Polish government of "engaging in denial". "However, many Polish people, all over the country, chased, informed or actively took part in the murder of over 200,000 Jews during, and after, the Holocaust".
The US State Department warned last week that the bill could have "repercussions" on "Poland's strategic interests and relationships - including with the United States and Israel".
Germany alone carried out the Holocaust, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said amid a row over Poland's bill about Holocaust terminology. But a Polish government spokeswoman said Warsaw had canceled Bennet's visit.
Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said it was wrong to suggest the bill would stop people researching Polish history. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon has said that there is no question the World War II camps in occupied Poland were German death camps.
While Duda said he would sign the bill, it was unclear when he is planning to do so and when it will become enshrined in law.
The legislation, proposed by Poland's conservative ruling party, has sparked a bitter dispute with Israel, which says it will inhibit free speech about the Holocaust.
"I think that the bill is precise and does not require a change". "If 150,000 Jews survived World War II, most of them, if not all, survived thanks to the Polish population".
"There is not the slightest doubt as to who was responsible for the extermination camps, operated them and murdered millions of European Jews there: namely Germans", he said.
According to Czaputowicz, critical comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Polish bill were "due to a misunderstanding". In the past week, she said, the term "Polish death camps", which it seeks to outlaw, has exploded on Twitter and other social media outlets.
Polish officials say they only want to fight historical lies and distortions, primarily ones they see as downplaying the responsibility of Germany's Nazi perpetrators. The law targets a geographical shorthand, sometimes used overseas, for the extermination camps that the Nazis established on Polish territory during the Second World War. "I am honored", Bennett said in a statement, arguing that in calling off the trip, the Polish government had chosen "to avoid the truth".