Professor Shevah Weiss, the former Israeli ambassador to Poland, sharply criticized the joint statement on Poland's role in the Holocaust by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki published as an advertisement in newspapers across Israel on Thursday.
"This document contains a few sentences that are correct, and the rest is either vague or false," said Weiss in an interview on Israel's Army Radio Sunday morning. "For instance, in contrast to what is written there, there were instances in which the Polish Government-in-Exile itself took part in the murder of Jews"
The joint statement, published in The Jerusalem Post
and elsewhere, claims that "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, Israel's official memorial to Holocaust victims, said in a sharply worded response that the joint document "contains a series of very problematic statements that violate existing historical knowledge accepted in the field."
Weiss, a Polish Holocaust survivor, also served as a chairman of Yad Vashem.