Polish embassy to UK answers London mayor's revisionism accusation

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In response to accusations of historical revisionism by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Polish Embassy in the UK retorted that among the six million Jews that died in the Holocaust, three million were Jews of Polish citizenship.

On January 27, Sadiq Khan took part in ceremonies marking the liberation anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp in Poland and announced a donation of GBP 300,000 (about PLN 1.5 million / EUR 356,945) to a foundation connected with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. The donation was partly motivated by a desire to address the "rewriting of history" by Poland, as reported by the London-based Jewish weekly Jewish News.

"We appreciate Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's donation to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. It will support Poland's efforts to preserve the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, with our country allocating nearly L14 million for this purpose in various forms each year," Jewish News quoted the UK's Polish Embassy as saying. "Poland plays the role of one of the guardians of the memory of millions of Jews murdered. Out of six million Jews – victims of Holocaust, three million were Jews – citizens of Poland. With that in mind, claims that history is being rewritten by Poland are unfounded and must be addressed," the embassy continued.

"So, while we need to face the truth that some individuals were forced by the German occupier to collaborate with German Nazi machinery of extermination or even did so of their own will, these attitudes were not, however, dominant or typical. The Polish state consequently opposed the Holocaust, informed the international public opinion about the Holocaust, and appealed to Allied governments to undertake actions to stop it," the embassy told Jewish News.