In an interview on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the timing of the legislation outlawing certain statements about the Holocaust “unfortunate.” However, the prime minister claimed the bill was needed and said his country would not be accused of complicity with the Nazis.


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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki once again voiced his support of the legislation aiming to criminalize statements concerning Poland’s role in the Holocaust. However, the leader acknowledged that the timing and presentation of the bill were problematic.

The disputed bill was passed by Poland’s Senate on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In an interview on Friday with foreign press at the “Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews,” Morawiecki called the timing of the bill “unfortunate,” but stressed that it was needed.

The prime minister claimed that all the atrocities that happened during World War II in Poland must be attributed to Germany alone. “We will never be accused of complicity in the Holocaust,” Morawiecki was quoted as telling reporters. “This law is not going to limit speech.”

As previously reported by JOL, Morawiecki clarified on Thursday that his country will never limit the freedom to debate the Holocaust and insisted that Warsaw understands Israel’s reactions to the bill. “We need a lot of work to turn our shared and sometimes complicated history into one that is possible to tell together,” the prime minister added.