Wave of criticism after Polish Holocaust bill signed

Polish President Will Sign Holocaust Law

Duda said the law will now go before Poland's Constitutional Tribunal for a ruling on whether it conforms with free speech guarantees.

But Israel has denounced the law as a whitewashing of history that prevents discussion about the role that some Poles played in facilitating Nazi crimes.

"Moreover, it is painful to see Poland, which has made such remarkable strides as a country since the dramatic events of 1989, suddenly in a deep crisis with Israel, a strategic partner; with the Jewish world, which had begun to show so much interest in the country; and, yes, with the United States, an essential ally", Markiewicz continued. Some people in Poland believe that the narrative focusing on the Holocaust as a tragedy of the Jewish people sidelines the non-Jewish victims.

But it also "takes into account the sensitivity of those for whom the issue of historical truth, the memory of the Holocaust is incredibly important", Duda added. However, following worldwide scandal unleashed by new law, which punishes among or things use of term "Polish concentration camps" to refer to centers of extermination of Jews that Nazis built in occupied Poland, doubt has Wanted to leave open a small loophole in some changes and has stated that, although after signing law, ask Constitutional Court some clarifications.

At least 3 million Polish Jews and 1.9 million non-Jewish citizens were killed during the Holocaust, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In a televised address, Duda said the legislation would preserve Poland's worldwide reputation and said that artistic and historical research work will not be affected by the law.

"We must protect the good name of Poles and of Poland", Poland's president said.

The Polish government, however, announced that it had cancelled the visit, ostensibly due to Bennett's criticism of a Polish law that criminalizes calling any Nazi-run labor, concentration or death camp "Polish."

Poland's president says he will sign into law a controversial proposal to outlaw blaming Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust. Only 380,000 of three million Polish Jews survived extermination.

Both Israel and the USA have criticised the law.

Poland's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the country's top diplomat Jacek Czaputowicz met Azari on Monday, assuring her that Poland was opposed to Holocaust denial as well as "the related attribution of complicity in organising the Holocaust to Poland". It is the opinion of this author that the use of the term "Polish death camps" is misleading and simply untrue.

The country's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely warned last month it could be a "slippery slope" that could be used to "minimise the responsibility of those Poles who participated in the war crimes committed by the Nazis".

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