Poland’S Justice Ministry Has Urged Two Historians To Apologize For A Book On The Holocaust

2021-02-09   |   by CusiGO

Poland’s justice ministry on Tuesday urged two historians to point out in a book that an occupied local mayor is suspected of colluding with the Nazi regime. On the other hand, the Warsaw District Court rejected a claim for compensation from a descendant of the post in the town of marinovo, claiming that her memory had been damaged. The verdict is uncertain and historians will appeal against him. This process of two historians, Barbara engerkin and Jane Grabowski, has aroused heated debate in Israel.

The Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, mediated for him a few days ago and warned those investigating Nazi crimes against any attempt to intimidate him. The origin of litigation is a book, published in 2018, called dalej jest NOC (translatable in endless nights). It involves the Nazi extermination plan in a province of Poland under Nazi occupation. The lawsuit, filed by the niece of a former district chief, Edward Malinowski, is a defamation of his uncle’s memory. The author of the book points out that Polish local authorities conspired in the death of 22 Jews who were hiding in the forest and eventually handed over to the Nazis.

According to the book, Poland’s chief executive was acquitted in a post-war lawsuit due to the misrepresentation of a Jewish witness. He argued that there was no documentary evidence in favour of the defendant.

This demand is supported by a Polish ultra nationalist foundation called Reduta, which claims to fight for Poland’s reputation and opposes any suspicion of collusion with the Nazi regime. Speaking at a news conference after the verdict was announced, engelkin said he did not feel “guilty” and that the case was “quite complicated” and apologized to historians not because of known facts.

He acknowledged that with regard to the events during the Holocaust, “there is no white or black situation, most of which are ambiguous, difficult to assess and complex”, referring to the “political” level in the process, which “hides a unique interpretation of Polish history”.

Historians from all walks of life, poles and foreigners, have been warned of attempts to intimidate. In recent years, Poland, driven by the ultra conservative government, the law and Justice Party (PIs), has formulated a series of measures to oppose wording, including involuntary wording, aimed at colluding with the Nazi occupation.

To this end, a law was passed in 2018 to prevent the media, especially foreigners who often make such mistakes, from calling the former exterminated concentration camps on their territory “poles”. The law, which was criticized by Israel at the time, criminalized the use of the term “Polish concentration camp” and provided for a fine and a maximum of three years’ imprisonment.

It is estimated that 1.2 million prisoners were killed in Auschwitz concentration camp alone, most of them Jewish. Auschwitz concentration camp is the largest Nazi extermination concentration camp built by the third empire in occupied Poland.