Andrzej Duda speaks during the press conference in which he announced that he will enact the Holocaust law, this Tuesday, February 6 in Warsaw
Polish President Andrzej Duda announced on Tuesday that he is going to enact the controversial Holocaust law aimed at protecting the image of the country abroad, a law that has caused severe tensions with Israel, the United States and Ukraine.
At the same time, the president asked the Constitutional Court to verify whether the articles that concern freedom of expression and those that impose prison sentences on those who accuse Poland or the Polish state of having participated in Nazi crimes respect the Constitution.
„I decided to sign the law and then transmit it to the Constitutional Court,“ Duda said on television.
„It is a solution that, on the one hand, preserves Poland’s interests, our dignity and the historical truth, so that judgments about us in the world are honest, that they refrain from defamation,“ Duda said.
„But, on the other hand, it takes into account the sensitivity of people for whom the question of the historical memory of the Holocaust remains exceptionally important and especially for those who survived and, as long as they can, they must tell the world their past and experience. „added the Polish president.
This law put the conservative nationalists in power in the face of the dilemma of not approving it and being accused of having bowed to foreign pressures or voting for it and damaging relations with the United States and Israel.
„This law has no basis, we can not change history and the Holocaust can not be denied,“ said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The United States expressed its fear about the „consequences“ of this law and called on Poland to reconsider. „We agree that expressions such as ‚Polish death camps‘ are inaccurate, and can lead to mistakes and be hurtful,“ State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
The text punishes with fines or up to three years in prison those who attribute to „the nation or the Polish State“ crimes committed by Nazi Germany in Poland during the occupation.
Six million Poles, including three million Jews, died during the Second World War. During the occupation, Poland was the only territory in which the Germans decreed that any help for the Jews could be punished with death.