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STATEMENT OF THE ROGATCHI FOUNDATION: LEGISLATION AGAINST TRUTH IN POLAND WILL BE NOT TOLERATED

Posted 28/1/2018

STATEMENT OF THE ROGATCHI FOUNDATION REGARDING THE NEW LEGISLATION IN POLAND 

LEGISLATION AGAINST TRUTH IN POLAND WILL BE NOT TOLERATED

STATEMENT OF THE ROGATCHI FOUNDATION

January 28, 2018

 

The day after the world had commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018, The Rogatchi Foundation feels obliged to state our position with regard to the acceptance by the Seimas of Poland the new legislation on the penalising references to the complicity of Poland and Polish citizens to the Nazi atrocities during the Second World War.

 

We would like to make a clear distinction in terminology: while the  German concentration and extermination camps on the Polish territory were indeed the German operation of the Nazi regime, the rest of the new law passed by the Polish Seimas, extends to ban the naming specifically Polish atrocities during the Second World War: denunciations, capturing,raping, robbing, murdering Jewish people by the Poles, as well as Polish pogroms in Kielce in 1946, the Polish complicity in the notorious Jedwabne pogrom in 1941, and any similar phenomena.

 

The new law passed by the Polish Seimas in its defiant character aims not to preserve a good name of the country. This purpose can be achieved perfectly well by the civilised means of the international dialogue and correction in terminology. In fact, the new legislation aims to stop historians, writers, documentarists, students, and any other members of the public from both Poland and the international community on their quest on the role of Poles and Poland in the Nazi atrocities - and their own atrocities, as it has happened, in fact - during the Second World War and the Holocaust. This is conscious attempt to distort the facts and the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust, and is the act of an official whitewashing of the history.  

 

 The fact that the Polish Seimas has chose to pass this scandalous law on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day has placed Poland and its current legislators in the rank of most shameless revisionists of history. Both the legislation itself and the way it has been done by the Polish Seimas are outrageous and The Rogatchi Foundation protests it strongly.

 

We also would like to state that the current legislators of Poland in their frantic efforts to re-write the history are utterly pathetic. If they believe that the rest of the world would follow their suit and start to call black white because it is Polish, they will be isolated from the civilised international community much faster than they can imagine.

 

The Rogatchi Foundation will support the activities of our international colleagues in protesting these legislation exercises of the Polish Seimas and its consequences, and we will continue to call historical events and phenomena by their real names at all international forums and at all international organisations.

 

Illustration: The Photograph of the Polish peasants digging for golden teeth of the Jewish victims after their extermination in Treblinka. In front of the Polish peasants are Jewish sculs and Jewish bones of the victims. Courtesy: Muzeum Walki i Meczenstwa Treblinka, the Polish Museum. Copyright: Agencja Gazeta, the Polish Agency. 

 

 

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