Poland defends PM over Holocaust remark denounced by Israel

Poland defends PM over Holocaust remark denounced by Israel

The incident occurred on Sunday and is thought to be connected to the Polish prime minister, suggesting Jews were among the guilty for the Holocaust.

"Poland's suffering at the hands of the Nazi regime was enormous, its bravery in resistance is unquestionable". But he also added that likening the level of responsibility of Poles and Jews in the Holocaust was wrong.

Polish President Andrzej Duda recently signed into force a contested law which could impose a jail term on anyone who accuses Poland of being complicit in Nazi German crimes.

Ronen Bergman said that during the war his family, who lived in Poland, were denounced by Polish neighbours who "snitched to the Gestapo", although his mother managed to save many.

"The Israeli government is responsible for the security of our institutions in that country", said Jacek Czaputowicz, Poland's top diplomat and member of the right-wing populist Law and Justice Party (PiS).

"You're not going to be seen as criminal [if you] say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators as well as Ukrainian perpetrators - not only German perpetrators", Morawiecki said.

The remarks by Morawiecki that sparked anger came at a Munich security conference on Saturday, when he referred to the new Polish anti-defamation law. Netanyahu condemned his remarks as "outrageous", saying they showed "an inability to understand history". Last month, Poland's ruling party passed the Holocaust law despite USA warnings that it censors free speech and may weaken the east European nation's "strategic interests and relations". Among the most famous was Stella Kübler, who survived the Holocaust by detecting and betraying many other Jews to the Nazis in Germany.

Netanyahu said he agreed that the Nazi regime initiated the Holocaust and built concentration camps such as Auschwitz, instrumental for the German regime's extermination of millions, but erected on invaded soil, outside Germany. For tactical reasons, it collaborated with the Germans late in the war to focus on fighting communists, who were laying the groundwork for what would be decades of Soviet-backed rule.

"I deeply believe that both [former prime minister of Poland Jarosław] Kaczynski and Morawiecki are not antisemitic and I think it's a question of stupidity", Kaminski said.

The graffiti daubed on the exterior parameter of the consulate appeared amid high tension between the two nations following Warsaw's recent decision to pass a legislation making it illegal to implicate Poland in the events of the Holocaust, Efe news reported. They were called Sonderkommandos, or 'special units'.