Poland’s Law and Justice — now and then

18 February, 2018 at 15:59 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

A new law passed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party and signed by President Andrzej Duda on Feb. 6, means that you may end up in prison for three years if you “publicly and against the facts attribute to the Polish nation or the Polish state responsibility or co-responsibility for Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich.”

JedwabneThe Polish Parliament ordered a new investigation into the Jedwabne atrocity in July 2000 … Over the course of two years, investigators from the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) interviewed some 111 witnesses … On July 9, 2002, IPN released the final findings of its two-year-long investigation. In a carefully worded summary IPN stated its principal conclusions as follows:

The perpetrators of the crime sensu stricto were Polish inhabitants of Jedwabne and its environs; responsibility for the crime sensu largo could be ascribed to the Germans. IPN found that Poles played a “decisive role” in the massacre, but the massacre was “inspired by the Germans”. The massacre was carried out in full view of the Germans, who were armed and had control of the town, and the Germans refused to intervene and halt the killings. IPN wrote: “The presence of German military policemen…..and other uniformed Germans…..was tantamount to consent to, and tolerance of, the crime.”

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2 Comments

  1. It is history denied that leads to it being repeated: https://www.netflix.com/title/80134093

  2. Never forget.


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