Duda will assess the law on the denial of Nazi crimes

WARSAW, January 28 — RIA Novosti. The President of Poland Andrzej Duda will speak about the law on the denial of Nazi crimes after the Parliament’s work on this document, the statement of the office of the President.

The package of amendments to the law on the Institute of national memory provides up to three years in prison for the expression “Polish death camps” and other statements that can be interpreted as an attempt to put the poles complicit in the crimes of Nazi Germany, including the genocide of European Jewry. The same punishment by the decision of Sejm introduced for the promotion of the ideology of Bandera and the denial of the Volyn massacre during the war Ukrainian nationalists.

The next step in the adoption of the law is its consideration in the Senate of Poland, after which the document will be submitted to the President for signature.

The Israeli leadership, including Prime Minister, President and foreign Ministry have already expressed their disagreement with the bill. The leader of the Israeli opposition Isaac Herzog was asked to withdraw its Ambassador from Warsaw to protest against the plans of the Polish authorities to introduce criminal penalties for the charges in the poles of collaborating with the Nazis, including the annihilation of the Jews during the Second world war.

At the request of the Israeli side, the head of the office of the President of Poland Krzysztof Mersky will meet on Monday with Israeli Ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari to discuss the situation related to the discussion around the amendments to the law on the Institute of national remembrance.

“The parliamentary work on the act has not been completed, therefore, the President of Poland will present its final assessment after the completion of parliamentary work and a thorough analysis of the final form of the law. The President of Poland in this respect the issue of autonomy of the legislative work in the Polish Parliament”, the statement reads.

In the Chancellery of the Polish President drew attention to the fact that “the law is aimed at preventing lies and false accusations against the Polish nation and state, as explicitly says the bill”. “Thus, if the critics of the project arise only in connection with their concern about the truth about the Holocaust, this law meets their expectations, rather than going against them,” — said in Warsaw.

“Finding and documenting the truth, the persecution and the transformation of lies is an activity having the same objective,” said the office of the President.

The statement noted that Poland and Israel have “shared Polish-Jewish important achievements in this matter, as, for example, giving UNESCO the historically correct name of the German Nazi concentration extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau”.

“We acted in this together, and together we have achieved confirmation of this truth. So today, everyone who uses this and other camps, the false term “Polish death camp,” not only denigrates the memory of its victims, but also deliberately lying, which should be condemned and punished. At the same time for anyone whose personal memory or historical study that contains the truth about the crimes and misconduct that had in the past place with the participation of the poles, has the full right to the truth”, — said in a statement.

Also in Warsaw, expressed his regret about the fact that critical voices on the draft law appeared in the country and abroad, to celebrate the 73 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.