Decision comes after Meng sends letter to President Duda urging him not to sign
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) Tuesday condemned Polish President Andrzej Duda’s decision to sign controversial legislation that would criminalize references to Polish complicity in the Holocaust. Meng also sent a letter to Duda urging him not to sign the legislation.
“It is unspeakable that Poland is even contemplating sending its citizens to prison for expressing the sentiment that Poland was involved in the Holocaust,” said Rep. Meng. “For the Polish government to ban specific phrases that it disagrees with is censorship. School teachers, Holocaust survivors, and other Polish citizens should not be censored or punished for sharing their stories or trying to educate future generations about experiences of the Holocaust in Poland. I strongly urge President Duda to reconsider his misguided decision and do the right thing by abandoning this hurtful legislation.”
The Polish parliament passed the legislation, which criminalizes references to Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes against Jews in occupied Poland during World War II, on February 1. On Tuesday, President Duda announced that he will sign the legislation into law, against the strong concerns of Members of Congress and the governments of the United States and Israel.