Polish official fired after calling Holocaust law “stupid”

A Polish diplomat appointed to improve contact with Jews around the world was fired after criticizing his government for regulating Holocaust speech

Warsaw, Poland-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that a Polish diplomat responsible for improving contact with Jews around the world was fired after criticizing his government for regulating Holocaust speech.

Novak also stated that Poland should pass a law on property restitution. This statement implies further criticism of the ruling authorities. They recently passed a law that cuts off the return or compensation of property confiscated by the Communist Party. Chance. Those affected include Holocaust survivors and their heirs.

This development took place a few days after Poland recalled its new ambassador to Prague. The diplomat criticized his country-in this case, the way Poland and the Czech Republic disputed a state-owned coal mine.

The day before Novak’s dismissal, the British Jewish News Agency published an interview in which Novak stated that the legislation passed in 2018 aims to prohibit certain statements about Poland and the Holocaust. “This is any law. One of the dumbest amendments ever made.”

The legislation sought to counter false claims that Poland, a victim of Nazi Germany, was responsible for the Holocaust. It angered Israel, and many people thought it was an attempt to whitewash the fact that some Poles did kill Jews during the German occupation during World War II.

The legislation initially prohibited the attribution of the Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany to Poland is a country. If the German crimes are wrongly attributed to Poland, the maximum sentence is three years in prison. Later, after amendment, the criminal clause was deleted.

Last year, Poland also approved a law that severely restricted the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to recover property confiscated by the country’s former communist regime.

The law triggered a serious diplomatic dispute with Israel, which has not yet been resolved.

Novak said: “I think at some point Poland will have to really come to the conclusion that we have to do something to restore it.”

Since the 1980s, Novak has been involved in the Polish-Jewish dialogue. In July, he became the plenipotentiary in contact with the diaspora.