Polish foreign minister indicates ‘Poles of Jewish ethnicity’ share blame for Holocaust

A general view of the Auschwitz main gate during the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim. Photo: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The comments are the latest in a growing controversy over Poland’s culpability in the genocide.

The government of Poland further escalated international tensions over the issue of accountability in the Holocaust this week, appearing to level a measure of blame at Jews for the genocide.

Following the passage of a bill criminalizing any suggestion of Polish complicity in the Holocaust, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz seemed to suggest the actions of Polish Jews deserved to be analyzed more critically, as opposed to those of other Poles. A tweet published Monday by Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted Czaputowicz’s comments to Polsat, one of Poland’s largest television channels.

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