President Andrzej Duda says Poland did not take part in the Holocaust

President Andrzej Duda said yesterday that he would never allow Poland and Poles in general to be "vilified" though "false accusations."

By: AP | Warsaw | Published: January 30, 2018 10:40:47 am
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Poland’s president says there was no institutionalised participation by Poland or its people in the Holocaust, but acknowledges that individual Poles took “wicked” actions against Jewish neighbours. President Andrzej Duda said yesterday that he would never allow Poland and Poles in general to be “vilified” though “false accusations.”

Duda seemed to be reacting to anger in Israel over a bill that would prohibit public statements assigning to “the Polish nation” responsibility for crimes committed by Nazi Germany during its World War II occupation of Poland.

Violations would be punishable by fines or prison terms of up to three years.

In Israel, the legislation has been interpreted as an attempt to undermine scholarly research and deny facts about the Holocaust.

Polish and Israeli officials are discussing the bill’s wording, which critics say is unclear.

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