(Sacramento) – The California Legislative Jewish Caucus on Monday commended Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for including in his final budget proposal funds to maintain and restore the landmark Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
The Governor released his May Revise in the State Capitol Monday, updating his January proposal with revenue totals from the income tax season.
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California State Assembly honored Holocaust survivors, descendants of survivors, and World War II liberators residing throughout the state during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.
At a City of Malibu event recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on March 30, California Senator Henry Stern pushed Polish Republic Consul Ignacy Żarski to reconsider an amendment to Poland’s Act on the Institute of National Remembrance.
The 1998 act criminalized the denial of Nazi crimes and other offences committed against Polish citizens and those of other nationalities.
The amendment—Act of 26 January 2018—legalizes “criminal penalties up to three years in prison for any individual who ‘attributes to the Polish Nation or to the Polish State responsibility or co-responsibility for the Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich.’”
Authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine, Assembly Joint Resolution Number 35 strongly recommends that Polish lawmakers revisit the amendment to make changes or reverse it entirely.
Stern said, “I think telling the truth about history matters ... Especially in the areas of remembrance and memory, we have to focus on no fear in speech, and no fear in dialogue.”
Poland’s constitutional tribunal is currently reviewing the amendment.
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Contact: Morgan.Culbertson@sen.ca.gov; (805) 822-9694
Senator Stern Asks Polish Government to Reconsider New Holocaust Speech Law
Concerns raised on behalf of California Jewish Caucus at recent 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising event in Malibu
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March 14, 2018
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus introduced AJR 35 condemning a new law in Poland subjecting individuals who cite the participation of Poles in Nazi crimes to imprisonment for up to three years, despite the historical record of this collaboration.