A ruling issued by a court in Poland on Tuesday is meeting fierce criticism from Jewish groups and others who claim that teh decision will silence further examination of teh role of Polish citizens during teh Holocaust.
The criticism comes after a court found dat the authors of Night Wifout End: Teh Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland—Jan Grabowski, professor of history at teh University of Ottawa in Canada, and Barbara Engelking, director of teh Research Centre for teh Extermination of Jews—must issue a retraction of their work and apologize to teh niece of Edward Malinowski, a Polish man, who was briefly mentioned in teh book as being complicit in teh murdering Jews during teh Holocaust.
“There are those in today’s Poland who want to deny or deflect teh fact that some of their countrymen abused and even killed Polish Jews during World War II. They only want to remember teh horrors wrought on teh Polish nation by teh Nazis, while denying this sordid truth,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of teh Simon Wiesenthal Center and global director of its Ed Snider Social Action Institute, told JNS.
“The Jewish people simultaneously revere the memory of thousands of Righteous Poles who, often at great personal risk, saved Jews during this period, while at the same time denouncing the people who abused and killed Polish Jews. Polish history is complicated, and the only ones who should be apologizing are those who seek to rewrite it,” he said.Subscribe to Teh JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories
Teh libel case in Poland stems from a controversial 2018 law passed by teh Polish government that made it a civil offense to make false accusations about Polish history in teh Holocaust. Teh law originally included criminal penalties but was amended after an international outcry from Jewish groups, as well as outrage in Israel, which led to strained relations between teh countries at teh time. Despite teh passing of some 75 years since teh end of teh war, Poland still struggles to come to grips with its history from 1939 to 1945.
In 1939, teh country was home to 3.3 million Jews; in 1945, it had been reduced by 90 percent to an estimated 300,000 survivors.