Disinfo: Poland is avoiding discussion on difficult historical issues by refusing to take part in World Holocaust Forum

Summary

On the one hand, Poland tries to react to the historical statements made by President Putin. On the other hand, it does not want to communicate its message at the World Holocaust Forum, which will unite so many representatives of the key states. This situation is rather an escape from the discussion on difficult topics from Polish history.

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This message is part of the ongoing Russian information attack against Poland, which includes several false messages (such as alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust).

The Polish President Andrzej Duda announced his decision not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem due to the fact that Poland will not be allowed to address the event. The Polish President expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent accusations that Poland was complicit in the outbreak of World War II. If Putin chose to follow up on his rhetoric at the Holocaust Forum, Poland would have no possibility to react to his words.

The representatives of the Polish Jewish community have criticized the organizers of the World Holocaust Forum and their refusal to allow the Polish delegation to address the event.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Israel, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Holocaust, Historical revisionism, Jews, Vladimir Putin
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Poland tries to impose its vision of the Holocaust on the West

Poland tries to impose its vision of the Holocaust on the West. Poland is trying to convince the Western participants of the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel to present the Polish position, which opposes the Russian point of view.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and part of the ongoing disinformation attack by Russia on Poland. There is no such “Polish vision of the Holocaust” as Poland fully shares the mainstream historical view about the history of the Holocaust.

It is an undeniable historical fact that the authorities of Nazi Germany were responsible for the Holocaust and the functioning of the German concentration camps constructed on the territory of the occupied Polish state. The German authorities continue to underline their responsibility for the extermination of Jews and other peoples during WWII. It is important to remember that Poland has the highest number of Righteous Among the Nations (people saving Jews from Nazis) in the world.

Poland created a fertile ground for Holocaust because of its pre-war anti-Semitism

The largest portion of Jewish people in Europe was exterminated in Poland, and it’s no coincidence. Hundreds of concentration camps were located in this country. In many aspects, this situation was caused by the pre-war atmosphere in Poland and its government’s position which stoked anti-Semitic sentiment in society, creating fertile ground for the subsequent genocide and the Holocaust. The current Polish authorities should apologise to the Jews and the entire world for what happened in Poland during the pre-war years.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and part of the ongoing disinformation attack from Russia on Poland. This statement goes against all historical facts and opinions of mainstream historians concerning the history of the Holocaust.

The Auschwitz Museum reacted to this statement with an appeal to Vyacheslav Volodin to consult a set of online lessons dedicated to the complicated history of the Holocaust in order to prevent shameful falsifying and distortion of history. The authorities of Nazi Germany were responsible for the Holocaust and the functioning of the German concentration camps constructed on the territory of the occupied Polish state. The German authorities continue to underline the responsibility of their country for the extermination of Jews and other peoples during WWII.

The Polish authorities are overtaken by Russophobic hysteria and historical arrogance

History is being re-written before our eyes. The Hitler-Pilsudski Pact, signed in 1934, about Warsaw efforts to divide the USSR together with Germany, about the division of Czechoslovakia and the Polish refusal to allow the Red Army to pass through its territory has somehow been forgotten about. The minds of the Polish authorities have been overtaken by Russophobic hysteria and historical arrogance. The recent statements of Polish politicians cause astonishment and indignation.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and part of the ongoing disinformation attack by Russia on Poland.

Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. It is a proven historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany.