Poland’s president signs Holocaust bill into law
Andrzej Duda has signed a bill to penalize people who discuss to Poland’s role during the Holocaust. Some Polish officials have called for the law, which has been pushed despite criticism by Israel and the United States.Despite objections from the United States and Israel, on Tuesday Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a controversial Holocaust bill into law. The legislation allows the government to jail anyone who, “publicly and against the facts,” suggests that Poles or Poland had any involvement in Nazi war crimes committed during World War II. Duda said the law would prevent Poles and Poland from wrongly being accused of involvement. Although Duda acknowledged “cases of huge wickedness” including incidents in which Jews were reported to Nazis by fellow Poles he said: “No, there was no systematic way in which Poles took part” in the Holocaust.