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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 6 February 2018

    In light of the publicity given to the amendment to the Law on the Institute of National Remembrance-Commission for the Prosecution of Offences against the Polish Nation and Certain Other Laws, I would like to note that the legislation’s main aim is to fight all forms of denying and distorting the truth about the Holocaust and its actual perpetrators.

    Polish government strongly believes that accusing - publicly and despite facts to the contrary - the Polish Nation and the Polish State of complicity with the German Third Reich in Nazi crimes is inaccurate, misleading, and hurtful to the victims who were Polish citizens of both Jewish and Polish descent.

     

    The historical truth of the death camps may not be a matter of  interpretation. In 2007 the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO changed the name of the Auschwitz concentration camp to "Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940–1945)" to make sure that the historical truth is preserved.

     

    The new legislation does not inhibit freedom of research and scholarship, artistic activity and it does not prevent the Survivors and their families from sharing the experience of Holocaust. Opinions delivered as part of scientific or artistic activity have been excluded by the legislators (art. 55a ust. 3).

     

    Andrzej Kurnicki
    Ambassador

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