POLISH PM: THERE WERE JEWISH PERPETRATORS OF THE HOLOCAUST
In comments that outraged Israelis across the political spectrum, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday that there were Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust, in the same way that there were also Jewish, Ukrainian and Russian perpetrators.
Morawiecki was responding to a question posed to him at the Munich Security Conference by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, on the heels of the contentious law that criminalizes talk of Polish complicity in Nazi crimes.
Bergman related how his mother saved herself and much of her family during the Holocaust after she overheard her Polish neighbors saying that they planned to reveal the location of their Jewish neighbors to the SS.
“If I understand correctly, after this law is legislated, I will be considered a criminal in your country for saying this,” Bergman said. He told the prime minister that he was “drawing more fire” to the subject of Polish complicity, drawing applause from the audience.
Morawiecki responded that Poland will not punish people who say there were Polish perpetrators, “as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian perpetrators – not only German perpetrators.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Morawiecki’s remarks as “outrageous.”
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