As stated in the declaration, “over the last 30 years, the contacts between our countries have been based on trust and understanding. Israel and Poland are friends and partners, cooperating closely with each other in the international arena, but also as regards the memory of Holocaust,” read Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“It is obvious that the Holocaust was an unprecedented crime, committed by Nazi Germany against the Jewish nation, including all Poles of Jewish origin. Poland has always expressed the highest understanding of the significance of the Holocaust as the most tragic part of the Jewish national experience,” cited the Prime Minister. “We believe that there is a common responsibility to conduct research to preserve the memory of the history of the Holocaust,” he continued.
As underlined by the Prime Minister, “we have always agreed that the term ‘Polish concentration/death camps’ is blatantly erroneous and diminishes the responsibility of Germans for establishing those camps.”
“We support full and unrestrained research and expression of historical truth, in particular in relation to the Holocaust, so that it is be possible to conduct research without concerns about any legal obstacles,” said the Prime Minister, informing about the establishment of an official Polish team for dialogue with Israeli partners on topics related to the Holocaust. As he underlined, this concerns scientists, journalists, students as well as Holocaust survivors and their family members, who will not be subject to any legal constraints in benefiting from their right to freedom of expression and freedom of research in relation to the Holocaust.
The governments of Poland and Israel very strongly condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and reject anti-Polonism
“The governments of Poland and Israel very strongly condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and express their commitment to oppose all of its forms; they also express their rejection of anti-Polonism,” the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reiterated the text of the declaration.
“We reject actions that aim to blame Poland or the Polish nation as a whole for the crimes committed by the Nazis and their collaborators from other nations. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that some people, regardless of their origin, religion or belief, have revealed their darkest sides during this time,” the head of the Polish government emphasized.
As he said, “we acknowledge the fact that certain structures of the Polish Underground State, supervised by the Polish government in exile, created a mechanism of systematic assistance and support for Jews, and the courts sentenced Poles for collaborating with the German occupation authorities, including the handover of Jews”.
“Thanks to this change and this declaration, where we defend the honour of our fathers, for the first time with the signature of the Prime Minister of Israel, statements which nobody expected emerge – that many Poles saved Jews during the World War II, that the Polish Underground State acted as it should,” the Prime Minister said.
As he said, “this declaration states that neither Poles, nor Poland, nor the entire Polish nation bear any blame for the German Holocaust and the German hell unleashed on Polish soil”.
We are only talking about the truth
The Head of the Government referred to the amendment of the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, adopted by the Polish Parliament today. “I am pleased that the amendment of the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance was supported by so many Deputies, that there was such a broad consensus and that we will now fight together for historical truth. The truth about Poland is good and the truth about our intentions is good. By changing this Act we are showing these intentions even more clearly, we are only talking about the truth,” said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
He stressed that the Law and Justice government in such a short period of time did much more for this issue than the government of the Civic Platform and the Polish Peasants’ Party did for eight years.
“I believe that with this change, it will be easier for us to tell the truth about Poland. In international relations, we need firmness on the one hand and prudence on the other. With this Act, we have raised the awareness of the Polish issue to a completely different level. This declaration, adopted by us today, shows a different dimension of understanding of the Polish issue on the international arena,” the Prime Minister said.
“We needed these 5 months to change the realities of World War II, to defend our rights and honour of Poland,” the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki summed up.