Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki who said that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust, along with Poles and others.
“The Polish Prime Minister’s remarks here in Munich are outrageous. There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people,” Netanyahu said.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was asked by a reporter at the Munich Security Conference in Germany whether, under the new law, the reporter himself could be penalized for telling a story in Poland about his mother who survived the Holocaust and told him that some Poles had collaborated with the Gestapo.
“Of course it’s not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as criminal, to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian, not only German perpetrators,” Morawiecki replied.
“Poland is trying to say that there were cases in which Jews collaborated with the Nazis, but one cannot compare numerically, and the circumstances are entirely different as well,” Netanyahu said later in a phone conversation with Morawiecki. “They don’t deny that there were Poles who helped the Nazis and turned in Jews etc. but say you can’t extend that to the entire Polish people. I told him, you can’t fix one distortion with another,” he added.
The two agreed that the countries would continue their dialogue on the matter.