Disinfo: Polish President refused to take part in the World Holocaust Forum to not be reminded about role of the Red Army


The Polish President refused to take part in the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem as he did not want to be reminded about how the Red Army liberated Auschwitz.


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

Polish President Andrzej Duda announced his decision not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem due to the fact that Poland was not allowed to give an address at the event. The Polish President also expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's accusations that Poland was complicit in the outbreak of World War II.

See other examples of disinformation connected to the World Holocaust Forum and anniversary of Auschwitz liberation - Poland is avoiding discussion on difficult historical issues by refusing to take part in World Holocaust Forum; Poland did not invite president Putin for the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation; It is historically unfair that Russia was presented at the Auschwitz ceremony only at the ambassador’s level.


  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Israel, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Holocaust, Red Army, Anti-Russian, Jews, Russophobia, Andrzej Duda


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