Disinfo: Poland did not invite President Putin for the commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation

Summary

Poland did not invite Vladimir Putin for the commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation.

Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian information attack against Poland, promoting false historical narratives such as the alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust.

According to the statement of Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief of the Cabinet of the Polish President, the invitations for the Auschwitz commemoration events were issued by the Auschwitz Museum, not by the Polish authorities. The Governments of each invited country (including Russia) decide on what political level they will be represented during the event.

The Russian delegation took part in the ceremony of commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation – it was led by the Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreyev. This means that it was a decision by President Putin not to come to the Auschwitz liberation anniversary.

A similar situation took place in 2015 when Russia accused Poland of not inviting the Russian delegation to the Auschwitz event in a proper way. Poland reacted to this accusation with a statement that every country invited by the Auschwitz Museum could be present on any political level.

See other disinformation messages regarding Poland and the Holocaust such as Poland tries to impose its vision of the Holocaust on the West and Poland created a fertile ground for Holocaust because of its pre-war anti-Semitism.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Russia
  • Keywords: Holocaust, Jews, Historical revisionism, WWII, Vladimir Putin, Nazi/Fascist
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States. The Baltic States did not ignore the commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Lithuanian and Latvian presidents attended the ceremony to commemorate the victims of Holocaust in Poland. Lithuanian and Latvian speakers of parliament attended the forum in Jerusalem.

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[Polish president Andrzej] Duda’s Party “Prawo i Sprawiedliwość” (PiS) even lobbied the EU Parliament to present this as a historical fact in a declaration – to the wrath of Russia, where this is seen as spitting on the graves of almost 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war against the Hitler regime and of about 600,000 soldiers who gave their lives especially for the liberation of Poland.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the World War II.

In his op-ed for Politico, Morawiecki notes that "liberation of Warsaw" is an overgenerous term, particularly in the context of Soviet actions before, during, and after the Second World War.

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Bloomberg talks about Putin’s achievements in 20 years. One of these is that Moscow succeeded in returning Crimea to Russia.

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This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

While the articles make reference to Bloomberg and its recent analysis of Putin's Russia, the later did not write that Crimea returned to Russia, but rather that Russia "annexed Crimea from Ukraine".