Poland is trying to hide its culpability in the deaths of thousands of Jews during World War II as Princeton professor Jan Tomasz Gross faces up to three years in prison over his claim that more Jews than Germans were killed by Poles.
Princeton professor Jan Tomasz Gross said Poland’s new stance on dissociating itself from the Holocaust is “a step back to the dark ages of anti-Semitism,” while he decried other anti-democratic policies adopted by the new Polish government.
Liberal Poles accept the overwhelming evidence of Polish guilt in the Jedwabne massacre and have supported public apologies for it. But other Poles argue that the Germans inspired the massacre and armed the local thugs — and that Polish society should not be saddled with the blame.
Organized by Christian groups, several hundred people marched in Poland in support of the Jewish state and against anti-Semitism. It was the largest pro-Israel demonstration the Israeli ambassador has ever seen.
The Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based Jewish rights group, has called on Poland's new prime minister to reconsider the appointment of the country's new defense minister unless he publicly recants an anti-Jewish remark from 13 years ago.
Museum staff at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland placed mist showers at the entrance in an attempt to alleviate visitors' discomfort from the summer heat, but their goodwill was perceived by some as offensive.
The world collectively paused to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but shocking questions over the relevance of the Holocaust today make the challenge of spreading awareness even more important.