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European Jewish leader rejects comments by former Polish PM denying Poland’s involvement in Holocaust

European Jewish leader rejects comments by former Polish PM denying Poland’s involvement in Holocaust

Former Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, president of the European Jewish Association, said comments by former Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki denying his country’s involvement in the Holocaust “are not only wrong, but also extremely dangerous.”

In a tweet posted on his X account, Morawiecki reiterated that “only Germans are responsible for the Holocaust” and called for “correction of all accusations of Polish involvement.” His statement came after an article by Polish historian Jan Grabowski on the subject.

He also called on Polish leaders, including Prime Minister Donald Tusk, to address and reject accusations of Poland’s co-responsibility for the Holocaust.

Rabbi Margolin recalled in his statement that the European Jewish Association organizes regular conferences and delegations to Auschwitz for high-ranking politicians, diplomats and figures such as Elon Musk.

“While we honor and hold in our hearts the memory of the many heroic Poles who saved Jews in the Holocaust, we will never forget that Poland is the largest cemetery in the world for Jews who were tortured, murdered and burned alive with the support of far too many Poles, many of whom continued to exploit the victims and their descendants after the Holocaust. Indeed, some continue to falsify history to this day.”

Rabbi Margolin added: “The attempt to distort and wash away any Polish involvement in the Holocaust is a cynical attempt to distort its full picture. It insults its victims and undermines its legacy. From Jedwabne to Kielce the evidence is clear. Mr. Moriawecki’s comments are therefore Orwellian, sinister and cannot go unchallenged. The Holocaust will never be rewritten. I say to the former prime minister: You cannot control the past. You must live with it and learn from it. Go and learn.”