Sixty percent of Poles positively assess the actions taken by President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the international stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin verbally attacked Poland, according to a survey by IBRiS pollster.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in daily Fakt on Friday that at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem the truth was lost to politics and the gravity of the commemoration of Holocaust victims was compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, he had been right to stay away from the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem as his presence would have legitimised the meeting's false historical narrative.
In a coalition of force, PM Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda and a group of internationally renowned historians have published articles in international media highlighting Russia’s falsification of WWII history.
Leading commentator for daily newspaper Haartz, Anshel Pfeffer, wrote that despite Putin’s ‘vast propaganda network portraying the Red Army as liberators’, Israel “was always going to side with Vladimir Putin” and that Poland was “a victim of Holocaust geopolitics.”
In today’s Politico magazine, Morawiecki wrote: “Renewed attempts to paint Poland as a perpetrator, rather than a victim, can’t be tolerated. Russian historical propaganda regarding World War II is an unworthy lie and a deceitful attempt to blame others for the Soviet Union’s actions.”
There would have been no Holocaust if there had been a Polish state at the time, Deputy Foreign Minister Jarosław Sellin told a meeting of the European Jewish Association in Kraków, southern Poland.
German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Saturday described Russian attacks on Poland as "casting a shadow" over ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp, and stated that Poland was the war's first victim.
The Polish Senate (upper house) on Friday unanimously backed a resolution protesting against Russian accusations of Poland's collaboration with Nazi Germany and complicity in the outbreak of World War Two.
Roger Moorhouse pours scorn on attempts by Putin to re-write the history of the start of the Second World War.