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Why has there been an international uproar against Poland but virtual silence concerning similar Holocaust-related laws in other Eastern European states?
At the time of this writing, a Polish government delegation is set for talks in Israel concerning Poland’s recently drafted, controversial Holocaust law. The law has been criticized by Israel, the US and the EU for what is perceived as limiting free speech and research pertaining to atrocities committed by Poles against Jews during and after the Holocaust. However, several Eastern European states like Ukraine and Latvia have similar Holocaust-related legislation that has barely been noticed by Israel and the international community.
In fact, one could argue that the suggested Polish Holocaust-related legislation has been inspired by harsher nationalistic legislation in countries like Latvia and Lithuania. To a large degree, the Baltic states equate Nazi crimes with Communist crimes that are blamed on Jewish communists. The legislation in the Baltic states whitewashes anti-Jewish crimes committed by locals and presents Latvia and Lithuania as “pure victims.”