Polish deputy minister supports establishment of 'Polocaust’ museum

After a similar suggestion was recently made by a Polish academic, Poland's Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin called for the opening of a museum to commemorate Poles murdered by the Nazi’s during the Second World War.
Auschwitz Photo Credit: Ehud Amiton/TPS

Polish Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin on Tuesday said he supported the opening of a “Polocaust Museum” to commemorate Poles murdered by the Nazi’s during the Second World War. The statements came amid the tensions surrounding the controversial Holocaust Bill that has triggered a diplomatic crisis with Israel.

Sellin’s comments came in response to a recent suggestion made by Marek Kochan, a Polish writer and academic, to establish such a museum he called in Polish - “Polokaust.” According to reports in Polis media outlets, Sellin said that the story concerning the fate of the Poles during the Nazi occupation deserved to be told and commemorated in a museum. Sellin explained that the Poles and Slavic people in general were the Third Reich’s second key target after the Jews.

As previously reported by JOL, Poland's largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), has proposed an amendment to the controversial bill and suggested to rephrase it. Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna slammed the Polish government for the "clumsy" manner in which it presented the bill, blaming it for the diplomatic crisis it has triggered.

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