Polish PM says there were ‘misunderstandings’ during Holocaust bill’s legislation process

In the wake of the controversy caused by Poland’s Holocaust bill, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki provided answers to Israeli news outlets. Morawiecki explained that the new legislation is already a done deal however, he admitted that there were misunderstandings with Israel during the process. Morawiecki emphasized that he does not intend “to rewrite history.”

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated on Monday during an interview on Israeli television that his country’s new legislation regarding the Holocaust is already a done deal and there is no way for it to be amended. However, he wished to clarify that “the intention isn’t to whitewash,” while also admitting that there were issues while attempting to coordinate with Israel.

“The bill has already passed the Senate vote and is currently in the hands of President Duda,” Morawiecki said. “The response of our friends in Israel is serious and I take it seriously. The law’s true intent is to prohibit statements or remarks about crimes committed by individuals, things that occurred during World War II. This is about the responsibility of the Polish state, which of course didn’t even exist as it was occupied by the Nazi regime.” Morawiecki stated regarding the misunderstanding.

“During the war, 6 million Polish citizens were killed, 3 million of whom were of Polish ethnic origin,” Morawiecki continued, insisting on emphasizing Poland’s deep connection with the Jewish people. “The Jews in Poland greatly contributed to our culture for 600 years. There are so many things that connect us throughout history and we must focus on those things and not on what divides us.”

Morawiecki admitted that during the legislative process, there were several misunderstandings with the Israeli Embassy in Poland, with which legislators coordinated. “I understand today that apparently the parties did not understand each other well, but that already belongs in the past,” Morawiecki said.

As reported earlier on Monday by JOL, 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.

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