Israeli historians find out the truth about the attitude of poles towards Jews during the war

© Depositphotos / jacek_kadajЦентр town in Warsaw, Poland. Archive photoIsraeli historians find out the truth about the attitude of poles towards Jews during the war© Depositphotos / jacek_kadaj

The Israeli memorial complex «Yad Vashem», the world’s largest centre for the study of the history of the Holocaust and commemorate its victims, has promised to continue to investigate the «hard facts» about the attitude of poles towards Jews during the Second world war, despite the limitations imposed by Warsaw.

According to media reports, a package of amendments to the law on the Institute of national remembrance, passed on Friday, the Sejm (the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament), provides for up to three years in prison for the use of 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.

The Israeli authorities, including the President, Prime Minister and the foreign Affairs Ministry, has expressed disagreement with the bill and demanded him to reconsider, accusing the authors ‘ attempt at historical truth.

In the memorial complex had expressed opposition to a new law that criminalizes the attempts to accuse poles of complicity with the Nazis, including the annihilation of the Jewish population.

«Yad Vashem» <…> opposed to the new law adopted by the Polish Parliament, which is fraught with the concealing of historical truths about the assistance that was received by the Germans from the Polish population during the Holocaust,» said the statement.

The center «will continue to support research aimed at uncovering the complicated truth about the attitude of the Polish population towards the Jews during the Holocaust», said the historians.

The «Yad Vashem» agreed with the poles that are prohibited by the new law, the term «Polish death camp» in relation to German facilities in occupied territory does not correspond to historical truth.