Auschwitz is the most bitter lesson on how evil ideologies can lead to hell on earth. Jews, Poles, and all victims should be guardians of the memory of all who were murdered by German Nazis. Auschwitz-Birkenau is not a Polish name, and Arbeit Macht Frei is not a Polish phrase.— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) January 27, 2018
The Polish name of the town in which Auschwitz was built is Oswiecim. Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid voiced their concern that such a law would distort historical realities and make free and open discussion of history much more difficult.
החוק הפולני מופרך ואני מתנגד לו בתוקף. אי אפשר לשנות את ההיסטוריה, ואסור להכחיש את השואה.הוריתי לשגרירת ישראל בפולין להיפגש עוד הערב עם ראש ממשלת פולין, ולהביע בפניו את עמדתי הנחרצת נגד החוק— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 27, 2018
“History can not be changed, and the Holocaust must not be denied,” said Netanyahu.Netanyahu also called the Polish law 'absurd' and stated that he asked Israeli ambassador in Poland Anna Azari to voice his stance to the Polish Prime Minister. Lapid used social media to state: “I utterly condemn the new Polish law which tries to deny Polish complicity in the Holocaust...There were Polish death camps and no law can ever change that.”
אני מגנה בכל תוקף את החוק החדש שעבר בפולין המנסה להכחיש את מעורבות אזרחים פולנים רבים בשואה.— יאיר לפיד (@yairlapid) 27 בינואר 2018
אף חוק פולני לא ישנה את ההיסטוריה, פולין הייתה שותפה לשואה. מאות אלפי יהודים נרצחו על אדמתה מבלי לפגוש קצין גרמני אחד.
Lapid also added that "Poland was an accomplice to the Holocaust" and that hundreds of thousands of Jews died in Poland without meeting ''a single German officer." The memory of what happened to the various people living in Poland - Jews, Catholic Poles, Ukrainians, and German speaking Polish citizens - is a complex and often difficult thing to asses. For example, both German speaking Poles and Ukrainians living in the East of Poland were removed from Poland after WW2 ended. While few in Poland deny the uniqueness of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust, many Catholic-Poles wish that the world, as well as Jewish people, would be better informed of the suffering of Polish people under both the Nazis and the Soviets.Many Polish people are quick to point out that Poles were far less likely to aid the Nazis than their counterparts in Norway, the Netherlands and France, that three million Poles were murdered during WW2, and that the suffering Poles endured under both Soviet and Nazi regimes had been immense. Historians such as Princeton professor Jan Tomasz Gross point out that, while Polish suffering was a very real thing, Polish people had actively taken part in the killing and hunting of Jews both during and after WW2. If passed, such a law “could blur the historical truth about the assistance the Germans received from the Polish population during the Holocaust,” reads an official statement by Yad Vashem.