Shortly before he said that “there were Jewish perpetrators” in the Holocaust, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited a monument commemorating Poles who collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War. A picture of him at the site was tweeted by his office.

Polish PM at the site

Polish PM at the site Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot

On Saturday evening, the Polish Prime Minister’s Office tweeted a controversial picture of Mateusz Morawiecki hours before the Polish leader said that Jewish people were also responsible for carrying out Nazi war crimes. In the picture, Morawiecki is seen visiting a monument commemorating the fallen fighters from the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade, an underground Polish military group that collaborated with the Nazi regime and even received support from the Gestapo during the Second World War.

As reported by JOL yesterday, Morawiecki was asked by Yedioth Ahronoth’s Ronen Bergman at the Munich Security Conference whether it would be illegal for him to talk about his mother, a Holocaust survivor born in Poland, due to the Holocaust Law that his country recently passed. In his response, Morawiecki said that the law does not outlaw acknowledging that there were “Polish perpetrators as there were Jewish perpetrators.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his Polish counterpart’s remarks. “The Polish Prime Minister’s remarks here in Munich are outrageous,” he stated. “There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people. I intend to speak with him forthwith.”