Poland criticises US magazine for article on Poles' role in Holocaust

Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek has said that an article by The New Yorker is a scandalous story that tries to place on Poland responsibility for the extermination of Jews during World War Two.

The author of the article, titled "Historians attacked for researching the role of Poland in the Holocaust," wrote that "to exonerate the nation of the murders of three million Jews, the Polish government will go as far as to prosecute scholars for defamation," the two Polish Holocaust historians, Jan Grabowski and Barbara Engelking.

Sek told PAP that the publication "is scandalous." "This is an attempt to create a picture that Poles were responsible for the extermination of three million Jews during World War II."

Sek said that "strong criticism of this manipulative article has already been expressed by, among other officials, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum or the American Jewish Committee. According to the minister, the two institutions pointed out that "the text is a form of distortion of the history of the Holocaust."

Meanwhile, the Committee of American Jews for Central Europe (AJC Central Europe) in a related statement wrote: "We have criticised the Polish government for improving the truth about Poles' approach towards Jews during World War Two. But to say that Poland, understood as a community of ethnic Poles and the Polish state, are guilty of the deaths of three million Jews is a distortion of the Holocaust," the organisation wrote on Twitter.