Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Poland says PM remarks were not holocaust denial amid Netanyahu criticism

Poland says PM remarks were not holocaust denial amid Netanyahu criticism

Poland's prime minister ignored the concerns of European Union leaders over a revamp of his country's courts, saying during a trip to Berlin that the judiciary would become more, not less independent after the changes are complete.

The new statement, published by the premier's spokeperson, said he "by no means intended to deny the Holocaust, or charge the Jewish victims of the Holocaust with responsibility for what was a Nazi German perpetrated genocide".

Poland passed a law this month imposing jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, prompting criticism from Israel and the United States.

"There's a lot we can do better, but there's also a lot on the way", she told reporters after meeting for the first time with Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.

"The Polish Prime Minister's remarks here in Munich are outrageous". The perpetrators are not the victims. Israeli critics have accused Poland of seeking to use the law to whitewash the role of some Poles who helped Germans kill Jews during the war. But research published since the fall of communism in 1989 showed that thousands also killed Jews or denounced those who hid them to the Nazi occupiers, challenging the national narrative that Poland was exclusively a victim.

In december, Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is also the chairman of the Nord Stream AG Shareholders' Committee, stated that he did not fear for the future of the Nord Stream 2 project amid the problems with governmental coalition formation in Germany. For tactical reasons, it collaborated with the Germans late in the war to focus on fighting communists, who were laying the groundwork for what would be decades of Soviet-backed rule.

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