Yorkshire Coast Libraries Highlight Holocaust Memorial Day

Yorkshire Coast Libraries Highlight Holocaust Memorial Day

"We criminalize statements such as "Polish death camps" in case where all death camps on Polish soil were German and even German Ambassador in Poland affirms it".

It is thought that nearly 1.1 million people were murdered, including Jews and Poles, at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi Germany.

Israel's objections to the legislation were presented to Kozłowski during his 15-minute meeting with the Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director General of the European division, Rodica Radian-Gordon, and the Director of the Department for Jewish Communities, Akiva Tor.

The new Polish legislation, which still needs approval of the upper house and President Andrzej Duda to become a law, forbids any mention of participation of the Polish nation in crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, particularly the use of phrases like "Polish death camps", where millions of people, mostly Jews, were slaughtered by the Nazis.

"Poland is being unfairly attack by hostile media", the founder of the Polish League Against Defamation complained after the rally, according to Radio Poland.

The bill was approved this week in the lower house of the Polish parliament.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer delivers a speech at the memorial event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Nazi mass murder of Kiev's Jews in the Babi Yar ravine on September 27, 2016.


There are also many witness accounts of non-Jewish Poles going to great lengths to help their Jewish compatriots, including many who were killed for doing so.

Earlier this week, the official body of South African Jewry, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), said education is a key tenet of Holocaust remembrance. But, he added, the Polish government's opposition to the term "Polish death camps" is justified.

It cast a shadow over Saturday's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked by Morawiecki and surviving prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where Morawiecki said: "Auschwitz isn't a Polish name and Arbeit macht frei [the motto over the entrance to the camp] isn't a Polish phrase".

The president's message continues, "Our nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors. I don't need Holocaust education from you", responded Lapid. We live with the consequences every day in our collective memory.

Princeton University Professor Jan Tomasz Gross, an expert on Polish compliance with the Holocaust, has previously stated that Poland's new stance on dissociating itself from the Holocaust is "a step back to the dark ages of anti-Semitism".

The latest uproar surrounding him came after Gross asserted in 2015 that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during the war.

While Trump held bilateral meetings with world leaders in Davos, Switzerland, First Lady Melania Trump visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In a statement issued after her visit, she also noted the "six million Jews lost in the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution".

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