WASHINGTON, DC, February 20, 2018 - NCSEJ condemns Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s remarks that name Jews as perpetrators in the Holocaust. Morawiecki made the remarks in Munich when addressing a question about recent passage of legislation that makes illegal certain statements regarding the complicity of Poles in the Holocaust.
His statement further exacerbates tensions between Poland, the Polish Jewish community, and Poland’s relationships with Israel, the United States, and other countries after President Andrzej Duda signed the bill into law.
NCSEJ stands with the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland and supports its statement calling on the Polish government to take seriously the rise of anti-Semitism in Poland. Recent backslides in Poland’s reconciliation process with the Polish Jewish community are deeply troubling and a threat to the country’s democracy. NCSEJ is hopeful that continued dialogue between the Polish and Israeli governments can reinforce mutual understanding and address the concerns of the Polish Jewish community.
Placing Jews who were forced to work for the Nazis in the same group as Nazis and other perpetrators of the Holocaust is wrong, offensive, and a gross distortion of historical truth.
“It is an outrageous distortion of history to equate the victims of the Holocaust with their perpetrators,” NCSEJ Chairman Daniel Rubin said.