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But making it a crime to imply any Polish culpability for Nazi crimes denies the historical record – and sets a dangerous precedent for denying the full scope of the Holocaust.A number of historians in recent years have unearthed new evidence both of Polish complicity in the Holocaust and of Polish heroism.But according to Zbigniew Ziobro, Poland’s Justice Minister, calling them Polish death camps “blasphemes” Poles.His government’s new bill “will be a project that meets the expectations of many Poles, who are routinely blasphemed in the world, in Europe, even in Germany, saying that they are the perpetrators of the Holocaust and that in Poland were Polish concentration camps, Polish gas chambers.I'm a 3rd generation Ukrainian with a bit of Welsh who always enjoys learning about Slavic and European culture.I enjoy sewing, gardening, making traditional Ukrainian clothing, embroidering, and bird-watching. After awarding Princeton Professor Jan Gross the Order of Merit in 1996 for his service as a dissident in communist Poland and his contributions to historical research, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has recently hinted he might strip Gross of his medal, a decision that has caused outrage amongst historians.It has been difficult in Poland to speak about the War because so many events were shrouded in secrecy, the truth rewritten and distorted.
The Polish town of Jedwabne was home to about 2,000 Jews on the eve of the Holocaust, about 60-70% of the total population.
Most were herded into a barn that had been emptied out for this purpose.
The barn was then set alight and the Jews inside burned to death.
On July 10 – less than three weeks after Nazi forces gained control of that area – the town’s Polish mayor, Marian Karolak and local Nazi officials gave orders to round up the town’s Jews – both long-term residents as well as Jews who were sheltering there.
Some Jews were hunted down and killed by the town’s residents with clubs, axes and knives.