Polish diplomat fired after calling Holocaust regulation ‘silly’


A Polish diplomat charged with enhancing contacts with Jews worldwide has been fired after he criticized his personal authorities’s strategy to regulating Holocaust speech, the Overseas Ministry mentioned Monday. 

Jaroslaw Nowak, the plenipotentiary for contacts with the Jewish Diaspora, described a Holocaust speech regulation handed by his nation’s ruling social gathering as “silly” in an interview final week with Jewish Information, a weekly newspaper revealed within the U.Okay. 

Nowak additionally mentioned Poland ought to cross a regulation on property restitution, a press release implying additional criticism of the ruling authorities, who not too long ago handed a regulation reducing off the possibilities for restitution or compensation for many who had properties seized by the communists. Amongst these affected are Holocaust survivors and their heirs. 


Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau speaks during a press conference after the Visegrad Four (V4) group and Morocco meeting at Puskas Arena of Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 7, 2021. 

Poland’s Overseas Minister Zbigniew Rau speaks throughout a press convention after the Visegrad 4 (V4) group and Morocco assembly at Puskas Enviornment of Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 7, 2021. 
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Overseas Minister Zbigniew Rau fired Nowak on Saturday, the ministry spokesman, Lukasz Jasina, introduced Monday on Twitter. He did not give a cause. 

The event comes days after Poland recalled its new ambassador to Prague after that diplomat criticized his personal nation in an interview — in that case, in relation to Poland’s strategy to a dispute with the Czech Republic over a state-run coal mine. Ambassador Miroslaw Jasinski spoke of “conceitedness” on the Polish facet, one thing the federal government spokesman known as “extraordinarily irresponsible.” 

Nowak’s dismissal adopted him telling Jewish Information that he believed laws handed in 2018 searching for to ban sure statements about Poland and the Holocaust “is without doubt one of the stupidest amendments that was ever completed by any regulation.” 

The laws sought to struggle again in opposition to claims that Poland, a sufferer of Nazi Germany, bore accountability for the Holocaust. The regulation outraged Israel, the place many felt it was an try to whitewash the truth that some Poles did kill Jews through the German occupation throughout World Conflict II. 

The laws initially known as for jail phrases of as much as three years for falsely attributing German crimes to Poland. It was later amended to take away the felony provisions. 

Final 12 months, Poland additionally authorised a regulation that sharply restricts the rights to reclaim property seized by the nation’s former communist regime. Amongst these affected are Holocaust survivors and their heirs. 

That regulation provoked a severe diplomatic dispute with Israel, which nonetheless stays unresolved. 

Krakow's UNESCO Market Square decorated with white-red flags on Polish Independence Day 2020.

Krakow’s UNESCO Market Sq. adorned with white-red flags on Polish Independence Day 2020.
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Nowak mentioned he believed that Poland will in some unspecified time in the future “should do one thing about” restitution. 

Nowak has been concerned in Polish-Jewish dialogue for the reason that Nineteen Eighties. He turned the plenipotentiary for contacts with the Jewish diaspora in July. 

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