Poland 'won't prosecute' violators of new Holocaust law

Polish Holocaust law will not lead to criminal charges, government minister says.

JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff,

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Yoni Kempinski

The newly passed Polish Holocaust law will not lead to criminal charges, according to a government minister.

The law, which takes effect at the end of the month, criminalizes claims that the Polish nation or state are responsible for Nazi crimes.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said late Tuesday in an interview on Polish television that no criminal charges will be brought against offenders, but Poland will require some remedy for untrue statements, The Associated Press reported.

The law states that ascribing "responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich" is punishable by up to three years in prison.

However, speaking to TVN24, Cichocki said that Poland will "react, demand clarifications, argue against them, but no means of prosecution will be implemented."

The law is currently awaiting review by the country’s Constitutional Court.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spurred more Israeli and Jewish upset over the law with remarks he made last weekend in an interview at the Munich Security Conference.

On Saturday, Morawiecki told an Israeli reporter, "Of course it’s not going to be punishable, [it’s] not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators."








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