In a tweet, Germany’s Foreign Minister said on Saturday Germany alone was reponsible for the death camps on Poland’s land and defended certain aspects of the controversial Polish Holocaust bill.

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel Photo credit: Kremlin

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday sided with Poland on the controversial bill outlawing casting blame on Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust. Gabriel said Germany alone was responsible for setting up and operating extermination camps on Polish soil.

“For 15 years I have organized and led youth trips to Auschwitz and Majdanek,” Gabriel tweeted. The fact that these were German camps cannot be refuted. The use of the term ‘Polish death camps’ is incorrect.”

On Friday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended the bill once again while speaking to journalists, but admitted that the timing of its adoption, on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, was “unfortunate.”

“All the atrocities and all the victims, everything that took place on Polish soil during World War II, should be attributed to Germany,” Morawiecki said while visiting a memorial site for Christian Poles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.