No, no, no! Poland’s US Embassy rebukes reporter’s inaccurate reporting that WWII Jews fought against ‘Polish and Nazi regime’
An American journalist who reported that Jews were “fighting against the Polish and Nazi regime” in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has been reprimanded by the Polish Embassy in the US.
Following an interview with US Vice-president Mike Pence at the Middle East conference in Warsaw, MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell reported that Pence and his wife's visit to Poland included an engagement at the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, where in 1943 Polish Jews were fighting "for a month against the Polish and Nazi regime”.
On Wednesday, the Polish Embassy in the USA responded on Twitter, saying: "Thank you @mitchellreports @MSNBC for reporting in Warsaw.
“However, the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a heroic act against the German Nazis who established the ghetto & carried out the #Holocaust.
“During WWII Poland was attacked & occupied by the German Nazi regime.”
The Uprising, the largest single revolt by Jews during WWII, began on April 19th, 1943.
Around 13,000 Jews were slaughtered.
Various Polish organisations including Żegota (Polish Council to Aid Jews), supported the uprising, mainly bringing help to civilians. And thanks to the help of the Polish Underground, the Jews gained the necessary weapons and ammunition smuggled into the ghetto by soldiers of the Home Army and People's Guards.
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the uprising was "one of the most significant occurrences in the history of the Jewish people".
The Middle East international conference devoted to peace and security in the Middle East is being attended by representatives of several dozen countries from around the world.
As well as US Vice-President Mike Pence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and a strong representation of Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates as well as representatives of EU member states are in attendance.
The main topics discussed at the conference relate to Middle East conflicts including those in Syria and Yemen, humanitarian problems in the region, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, hybrid threats and energy security.