Yad Vashem blasts Netanyahu-brokered Israeli-Polish Holocaust deal

Similarly, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the joint declaration "a disgrace full of lies," his office said in a statement.

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July 5, 2018 15:01
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Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Nazi slogan "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free) is pictured at the gates of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2017.. (photo credit: AGENCY GAZETA/KUBA OCIEPA/VIA REUTERS)

Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to Holocaust victims, took aim on Thursday at an advertisement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, charging the ad "contains a series of very problematic statements that violate existing historical knowledge accepted in the field."

"The attempt to glorify the aid provided to the Jews and present it as a widespread phenomenon, as well as the attempt to minimize the Poles' role in the persecution of the Jews, is not only a violation of historical truth but also violation of the memory of the heroism of the Righteous Among the Nations," the organization said in a statement.

In an advertisement, which was published in major Israeli newspapers- including The Jerusalem Post- the leaders of the two nations say "Israel welcomes the decision taken by the Polish government to establish the official Polish group dedicated to the dialogue with its Israeli parterns on historical issues relating to the Holocaust," and "the wartime Polish Government-in-Exile attempted to stop this Nazi activity by trying to raise awareness among the Western allies to the systematic murder of the Polish Jews."

Yad Vashem, meanwhile, charged, "The existing documentation, as well as the decades-long historical research, paints a very different picture: the Polish government in exile, whose seat was in London, as well as the Delegatura, the power of this government in occupied Poland, did not act decisively throughout the war for its Jewish citizens Of Poland. Large parts of the Polish undergrounds not only did not help the Jews but were often actively involved in their persecution."

Similarly, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the joint declaration "a disgrace full of lies," his office said in a statement.


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