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Watch Out for Politically Motivated Attempts to Rewrite Holocaust History, in Poland and Jerusalem

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The Polish Holocaust Law has aroused outrage because of its refusal to recognize the part Poles played as accessories to the Holocaust. It is true that Poland fought the Germans on the battlefield and as an underground army in German occupied Poland, and yet many Poles assisted the Germans in their persecution of the Jews.

Motivated by political considerations, the law not only denies this fact, but makes such revelations unlawful. The part played by many of the people of Europe in the destruction of Europe’s Jews is by now well known.

Denials of such acts of complicity are blatant attempts to fabricate Holocaust history. Hopefully the ongoing contacts between the governments of Poland and Israel will bring about a change in the present formulation of the law. But there is a lesson to be learned: Watch out for politically motivated attempts to rewrite history.

When you go to the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem you might be surprised to see a politically motivated attempt to rewrite history. The display devoted to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising presents Mordechai Anielewicz as commander of the uprising, and although not ignoring Pawel Frenkel and the........

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