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Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses Poland of denying history with Holocaust bill

Poland's rightwing-dominated parliament on Friday adopted legislation that sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as being Polish

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Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses Poland of denying history with Holocaust bill

Israeli has accused of denying history with a bill outlawing any reference to the Nazi death camps in the country as being Polish.

"The law is baseless. I strongly oppose it. One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied," the said in a statement yesterday.

As a diplomatic row brewed on the day the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, Poland's charge d'affaires to has been summoned to the foreign ministry on Sunday, the ministry said.

A told AFP the Polish bill was "an attempt to rewrite and falsify history, something that the Jewish people and will never accept".

Poland's responded via late Saturday saying: " Auschwitz-Birkenau is not a Polish name, and Arbeit Macht Frei is not a Polish phrase" in reference to the words posted on the Nazi camp's infamous wrought-iron gate that mean "Work makes you free" in German.


"Auschwitz is the most bitter lesson on how evil ideologies can lead to hell on earth. Jews, Poles, and all victims should be guardians of the memory of all who were murdered by German Nazis."

Earlier yesterday he marked at the former Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, southern

Poland's rightwing-dominated parliament on Friday adopted legislation that sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as being Polish.

The measure is intended to apply to both Polish citizens and foreigners. It is expected to easily pass in the before being signed by the

was attacked and occupied by Nazi in World War II, losing six million of its citizens, including three million in the Holocaust.

Polish officials routinely request corrections when global media or politicians describe as "Polish" the former death camps such as Auschwitz set up by Nazi in occupied Poland.

The in said it "opposes the new legislation passed by the Polish parliament, which is liable to blur the historical truths regarding the assistance the Germans received from the Polish population during the Holocaust".

But it added: "There is no doubt that the term 'Polish death camps' is a historical misrepresentation."

On a sterner tone, Israel's Education and instructed schools to dedicate two hours this week to study about the involvement of European nations in the Holocaust.

"This is a shameful disregard of the truth. It is a historic fact that many Poles aided in the murder of Jews, handed them in, abused them, and even killed during and after the Holocaust," he said.

"It is also a historic fact that the Germans initiated, planned and built the work and death camps in Poland. That is the truth, and no law will rewrite it. These facts must be taught to the next generation.

First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 05:45 IST
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