Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker Regarding Holocaust Remarks Made by Polish Prime Minister
“We condemn in the most vehement terms, the outrageous, abhorrent and morally reprehensible remarks by the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, asserting that Jews were also ‘perpetrators’ of the Holocaust.
For the Prime Minister of a nation, where 6 million of its citizens were murdered during World War II, including 3 million Jews, or 90% of its Jewish community, this statement represents an appalling misconstruction of history and unconscionable distortion of truth, blaming the victims for the horrors of the perpetrators.
Whilst we can empathize with Polish sensitivity over the labeling of Auschwitz, which was unequivocally a German Nazi death camp, and honor the bravery of the many Righteous Poles who risked their lives to save Jews, at the same time we must fervently uphold the truth, that in this darkest of chapters of European history, many Poles were also complicit in the crimes of the Nazis and the annihilation of their Jewish community.
Having just returned from Auschwitz, where The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) led a delegation for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we reiterate that no law or action will obfuscate this re-writing of history and that IJC will continue fighting for the truth and the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
We sincerely hope that cooler heads and reason can still prevail in the difficult, but necessary, discussion over Poland’s role during the Holocaust.”
~ Vladimir Sloutsker, IJC President & Co-Founder