Israel Vows Tours to Poland Won’t Be Muzzled by Contentious Holocaust Law

A former inmate of the Nazi death camps arrives for a memorial service to the victims of the former concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 May, 2006, Auschwitz. Poland.
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The Times of Israel reports: The head of Israel’s Education Ministry said Thursday Israel will not halt high school student trips to Poland and that tour organizers will not be muzzled by a controversial Polish bill that prohibits blaming wartime Poles for the Holocaust atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.

The bill, which prescribes a prison sentence for anyone who refers to “Polish death camps” and forbids mention of Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust, has been pilloried by Israel as a form of historical distortion.

Speaking to Hadashot News, minister director Shmuel Abuav defiantly stressed that trips will continue and “the guides will tell the truth as it happened.” He pointed to new curricula drafted by the ministry in response to the Polish bill, which examines the murders of over 2,000 Jews by Poles before and after World War II.

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