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Czaputowicz on anti-defamation law
Jacek Czaputowicz
Poland's much-debated anti-defamation law made the global public opinion more sensitive to the historical truth concerning the German Nazi death camps established on the territory of occupied Poland during World War II, foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz tells the daily Rzeczpospolita.
Poland will penalize anyone who will purposely use the erroneous phrase "Polish death camps", he adds. Poland does not try to deny the crimes committed against Jews by individual Poles, but strongly opposes stigmatizing the Polish nation as such for these wrongdoings, Czaputowicz says.
Poland is not disappointed with the US' objections against the anti-defamation law as the American stance is "balanced", Czaputowicz added. Warsaw is in no conflict with Washington over the issue and sees itself as an American ally, he said. Poland will try to dispel Americans' doubts concerning the anti-defamation law, the minister declared.
Poland and Ukraine - which has also protested against the amended bill on the Institute of National Remembrance - need time to discuss their common painful history, while making a mutual effort to improve their relations, Czaputowicz believes. At the same time, Ukraine has to accept its history, including crimes perpetrated against Poles on Poland's former eastern borderlands.