The President of Poland Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, February 6, signed a controversial «law on the Holocaust,» introducing criminal liability for propaganda of the ideology of Ukrainian nationalists, the denial of the Volyn massacre and allegations of complicity of poles with the Nazis during the Second world war.
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson expressed frustration with the signing of the law, the implementation of which, in his opinion, have a negative impact on freedom of speech.
We are talking about amendments to the law on the Institute of national remembrance, approved by the Polish Senate February 1, according to which, in particular, a man publicly accusing Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust, the complicity of Nazi Germany, war crimes or crimes against humanity can be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years.
The law prohibits the use of the phrase «Polish death camp» when describing the concentration camps that existed on the territory of occupied Poland. Punishment will be subjected to those who try «to consciously downplay the responsibility of the real perpetrators of these crimes».
This law caused a mixed reaction in Israel. For several days prior to the approval of the law by the Polish Senate, its contents provoked an angry reaction from many Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister and the President.
The Polish government argues that the law is necessary to protect the reputation of Poland, which became a victim of Nazi aggression, rather than her partner. Israel, for its part, believes that the ban will not allow us to speak the truth about the role of poles in the extermination of the Jews.