All together we clarify the reality as it was
In order to preserve the historic truth it is of utmost importance to differentiate between the reprehensible and the assassinations, the pogroms which took place in other countries. Let alone the Shoah, the planned assassination of the whole nation. There is a gigantic gap between these two dimensions – the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, during his visit of today in the Lubelskie Voivodship, told the inhabitants about the Polish-Jewish relationships over the centuries. He reminded that it were the Polish authorities who granted privileges and good living space to Jews and the Jews, many of whom lived i.a. in Chełm, were happy in Poland. The Head of the Government emphasized that the Polish-Jewish relationships which reach very deep into the past, marked the whole of the Polish history and he reminded that many a time in our history the Polish kings benefited from the wisdom of the Jewish citizens.
The sovereign Polish authorities never drove the Jews out of the country
Since the acceptance of the Jews by Władysław Herman, the sovereign Polish authorities never drove the Jews out of the country, i.e. never did what was practiced by sovereign authorities in all the other European countries. Just to the contrary – through privileges they ensured good living space, which was never experienced by the Jews in any other country of contemporary Europe – said the Head of the Government. The Prime Minister emphasized that later, with the fall of the Republic, the welfare for the Jews in Poland came to an end.
Over the consecutive centuries this relationship between the stability of the Polish institutions with respect to the anti-Semitism issues we may read this connection very clearly – said the Prime Minister.
Preservation of the historic truth to the benefit of both Poland and Israel
As the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, the Polish-Jewish relationships in Poland were sometimes winding, complicated, but essentially different from those encountered in other countries.
Anti-Semitism existed – we experienced almost one thousand years of cooperation and living in the same country with Jews. This cooperation had no reference to other countries of Europe, of the world. Poland was the best place in the world to live for the Jewish community – emphasized the Prime Minister.
In my opinion, Poland as a nation, Poland as a state deserves – as the only one – for the Righteous Among the Nations tree. How can one compare the territory of Poland under occupation, where whole families and villages were killed in punishment for helping Jews, with the situation where whole countries collaborated with the Nazi Germany. These two situations are incomparable – the Prime Minister continued.
The Head of the Government reminded that the greatest repressions for helping the Jews were in Poland, where nevertheless the number of those helping the Jews was the largest. He added that
without Poland the Jews' fate would be tragic and very difficult.
Putting straight the obvious facts and prejudiced expressions
The Prime Minister stressed that
the struggle for the historic truth is in the common interest of Poland and contemporary Israel and is important in view of the memory of its victims.
Today we must struggle to put straight the obvious facts and prejudiced expressions. Striving for subjectivity we deem the struggle for historic truth a priority. We all clarify the reality as it was, together. We respect the freedom of speech, but we shall oppose to the adulteration of history. It is in our common interest – of Israel of today and of Poland, the Jewish communities across the world and in Poland – to fight for this truth, so that our co-existence may flourish also in the future – declared the Prime Minister.