California Legislative Jewish Caucus Introduces Resolution on New Polish Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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.
“The Law on the Institute of National Remembrance is an attempt to rewrite history and infringes upon Polish citizens’ freedom of expression,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine, chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “We must reject laws that prohibit acknowledgment of historical fact and confront the truth about the Holocaust to understand history.”
Although the Polish people suffered greatly under the Nazi occupation and many Poles fought bravely in resistance to the Nazi occupation, the historical record is clear that there were Poles who collaborated or cooperated with the Nazis in connection with the imprisonment and extermination of Polish Jews.
As the number of Holocaust survivors continues to decrease and anti-Semitism resurges, remembrance and understanding of the Holocaust is increasingly important to understand history.
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