WARSAW, Poland – Polish lawmakers adjudicating a disputed Holocaust speech law on Wednesday, scrapping the threat of prison for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish nation.
The passage of the amendments means that the Polish authorities have largely backtracked on a suspectedly intentionally aimed at defending the country's "good name," but mostly had the opposite effect.
The amendments presented by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki were passed
The original version of the law, passed early this year, called for a term of three years for falsely and intentionally accusing the Polish nation of Holocaust crimes that were committed by Nazi Germany. The ruling Law and Justice party said it needed a tool to fight against foreign media and politicians who sometimes used the expression "Polish death camps" to refer to German-run camps in occupied Poland. Even former U.S. President Barack Obama once used such terminology, sparking outrage in Poland.
Polish authorities insisted that they would not punish each other for the sake of a criminal case for discussing individual cases of Polish wrongdoing.
The United States warns against the Jews and World War II. "The United States warns against the threat of war and death." Strategic position. "
Ukraine thus opposed because of Ukraine's nationalists against poles during WWII.
The strained ties with those three allies came as Poland's ties with the European Union and individual Western European nations are thus threatened by a judicial overhaul seen as an erosion of democratic checks and bala nces.
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The focus on That side of Polish history is deeply unsettling to many Poles, who wants to come to overshadow the heroic aspects of Poland's resistance to Nazi Germany and the massive suffering inflicting on the country. During the war, almost 6 million Polish citizens were killed – 3 million Jews and almost as many Christian Poles.
Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, said he was pleased that the Polish government is "taking the appropriate steps"
Lawmakers hero at emotional debate, with members of the opposition lashing out at the Law and Justice Party first place.
Stefan Niesiolowski of Civic Platform called the original law "idiocy" while Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, of the Modern party, asked why it took the ruling party a year to reverse it on a move that had harmed Poland's most important international relationships.
"Why so late?
One nationalist lawmaker, Robert Winnicki, described it as "caving in to Jewish."
One nationalist lawmaker, Robert Winnicki, described it as "caving in to Jewish." interests.
Morawiecki tried to make a positive spin on the whole affair, arguing that the legislation had become silent
"Our basic goal is to fight for the truth, for Poland's good name, to present what reality looked like, the realities of World War II, and we achieve this goal," Morawiecki said.
The dispute with Israel has sparked a wave of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Poland, even by members of the government and commentators in public media, as well as hate speech directed against Poles abroad.
the president, who said he had some doubts about it. It was never enforced in practice.
Monika Scislowska contributed in Warsaw.
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