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More Russian Meddling: Poland’s Holocaust Controversy

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. 

Russia is meddling in a wide variety of areas in the West, this is a great collection of examples of Russia meddling in Poland, Israel, and Ukraine in regards to the Holocaust. 

Please note Russia’s meddling is not limited to politics, they are attempting to alter our perception of a wide variety of issues. 

Please, also note Russia is using activists and writers located all over the West, including inside the US.  Could they be considered Russian agents of foreign influence?  Quite likely, yes, but a direct connection would have to be established, and that is difficult.  They could merely be friendly voices of Russia, amplifiers, and/or ideological devotees. There are many ‘shades of redness’ yet to be identified and assessed in this vast Russian influence campaign in the West.  A cautionary note, however, is to avoid a McCarthy type of witch hunt, as well as legalities, ethics, and morality. 

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This debate has divided into three separate arguments, Poland vs Israel over Holocaust, Poland vs Ukraine over WW2 Ukrainian nationalists, Russia vs Israel over the Holodomor.

The common thread in all appears to be initial Russian meddling in Poland and Ukraine, and probably paid agents provocateurs, but as Ukraine’s Jewish leaders point out, inadequate law enforcement action has left the proof of the latter out of reach in Ukraine.

Poland’s Holocaust law should terrify you (Opinion) – CNN

Frida Ghitis says that more than 70 years after the end of World War II, the Holocaust remains a testing strip, providing warning signs that should not be ignored, whether in Poland or the United States.

Poland’s Holocaust Bill is a shameful and futile attempt to bury its WWII ghosts – Opinion – Israel News |

In Poland, heroism and complicity can coexist. But this legislation blocks that messy reality: it promotes the avoidance of historical responsibility, deflects blame, and grants the ownership of WWII ‘truth’ to an illiberal Polish government

Once Again With Poland: Whose Holocaust Is This? | Jewish Week

In wake of controversial Shoah law, rewriting history.

Poland’s Holocaust law is a licence to whitewash history

The collaboration of some Poles with Nazis during the second World War is a fact

Full text of Poland’s controversial Holocaust legislation | The Times of Israel

‘Whoever claims that the Polish Nation is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich… shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to 3 years’

Polish Vice President of European Parliament dismissed after comparing colleague to collaborator, – 112 – Polish Vice President of European Parliament dismissed after comparing colleague to collaborator –

Czarnecki said he fulfilled his duty for his country, – 112

Why Poland Punishes Those Who Accuse It of the Holocaust – History in the Headlines

Using the term ‘Polish death camp’ is now punishable by up to three years in prison.

Poland’s Narrative of Victimhood – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Poland’s conservative government is squandering all the gains the country made since the overthrow of the communist regime in 1989.

Poland’s drift to nationalism: what should Ukraine do about it | UNIAN

The whole thing with the Polish law on the National Institute of Remembrance is primarily connected with Poland’s internal political processes, namely the latest drift of Polish political elites along with the country’s society toward nationalism in its broadest sense: to ideological and economic selfishness, a more aggressive positioning in the international arena and in relations with the European Union, Russia and immediate neighbors. The shift has an objective nature. That is why no one should have even expected that any statements by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry or the Verkhovna Rada appeal would be able to influence and change in some way this type of an evolution. With that in mind, we can say that Ukraine is currently viewed by Poland and its political class as a junior partner in politics, whose interests are not necessarily even worthy of special consideration. This is not a very pleasant reality for Kyiv but it follows from a lot of factors. First, Poland itself has assumed the role of Ukraine’s advocate before the European Union, as well as of an example for Ukraine in the economic and political sense. Secondly, there is such a factor as Ukrainians working in Poland: the very fact of them coming to Poland to get a job, their very status in the Polish society tends to form among the Poles a subconscious perception that Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens are a secondary matter to consider in the context of Polish interests and ambitions.

Ukrainian historians warned of risks of traveling to Poland due to “anti-Bandera law” | UNIAN

Ukrainian historians warned of risks of traveling to Poland due to “anti-Bandera law”. Current news and events for 07 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Institute of National Memory offers Poland to relocate historian’s forum to Ukraine –

Institute of National Memory offers Poland to relocate historian’s forum to Ukraine

News from Ukraine on Poland and “banderite ideology” – Anti-banderite act impedes historic discussions with Ukrainians in Poland, – Viatrovych –

The Act provides criminal liability for the public charges against Poland for crimes, committed during the Holocaust, supported by Nazi Germany, for military crimes or crimes against humanity

Ukrainian parliament condemns Polish anti-defamation law – Radio Poland :: News from Poland

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday condemned a new Polish anti-defamation law that allows penalties to be imposed on anyone who denies crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists.

Radio Poland: Ukrainian parliament condemns Polish anti-defamation law | KyivPost

Ukraine Says Polish Bill on Historic Crimes Could Harm Ties | World News | US News

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning a Polish bill that imposes jail terms for denying that Ukrainian nationalists committed crimes against Poles in 1925-1950 or collaborated with Nazi Germany, saying it could harm relations. Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday he would sign the bill into law. The bill also makes it a crime to suggest that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust, drawing criticism from Israel, the United States and activists. Warsaw has given Kiev strong backing in its standoff with Moscow over the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and a pro-Russian separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine. Poland also supports Ukraine’s ambition to join the European Union one day. However the two neighbors remain divided over their painful shared past, including the massacre of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia carried out in Nazi German-occupied Poland by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). Ukraine’s resolution called on Duda not to sign the bill into law as it could harm Polish-Ukrainian relations. “The adopted amendments do not correspond to the nature and content of the strategic partnership that exists between the countries,” said the text of the resolution, which was posted on the Ukrainian parliament’s website.

Poland Holocaust law: France criticises ‘ill advised’ text – BBC News

France says the controversial new law is “ill advised”, joining protests led by the US and Israel.

Holocaust bill: Why Poland’s president Andrzej Duda signed it despite U.S., Israeli concerns – The Washington Post

The bill banning Holocaust accusations against Poles has caused rifts with close allies and drawn international condemnation.

Poland’s President Signs Holocaust Bill, Prompting Sharp Rebuke From U.S., Israel

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a controversial Holocaust bill into law, triggering sharp criticism from the United States and Israel.

Poland’s President Supports Making Some Holocaust Statements a Crime – The New York Times

President Andrzej Duda said he would approve the law, but, in a concession to critics, he said the Constitutional Court would determine whether it violates freedom of speech.

News on Ukraine – Polish law banning ‘Bandera ideology’ is stab in back, – Ukrainian Parliament’s Speaker –

Polish law banning ‘Bandera ideology’ is stab in back, – Ukrainian Parliament’s Speaker

Polish government cancels scheduled Bennett visit over Holocaust remarks – International news – Jerusalem Post

“The blood of Polish Jews cries from the ground, and no law will silence it. The Government of Poland cancelled my visit, because I mentioned the crimes of its people. I am honored.”

Israeli minister ‘honored’ to be barred from Poland over Holocaust bill

Earlier on Monday, Naftali Bennett said he would travel to Poland to discuss the bill, which Israeli officials have said amounts to Holocaust denial. However Poland’s government spokeswoman said there would be no such visit. “The blood of Polish Jews cries from the ground, and no law will silence it,” Bennett later said in a statement. “The government of Poland canceled my visit, because I mentioned the crimes of its people. I am honored.” After Bennett’s statement, the government spokeswoman declined to comment further on the issue. Israel has denounced the Polish Holocaust bill, which passed in parliament last week and is awaiting a decision by President Andrzej Duda over whether to sign it. oland, which had Europe’s biggest Jewish population when it was invaded by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union at the start of World War Two, became ground zero for the “final solution”, Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe. More than three million of Poland’s 3.2 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis, accounting for about half of the Jews killed in the Holocaust. Jews from across the continent were sent to be killed at death camps built and operated by Germans in Poland, including Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor. According to figures from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis also killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians. “The death camps in Poland were built and operated by the Germans, and we cannot allow them to evade responsibility for these actions,” Bennett said. “However, many Polish people, all over the country, chased, informed or actively took part in the murder of over 200,000 Jews during, and after, the Holocaust. Only a few thousand people, Righteous Among the Nations, risked themselves to save Jews.”

Poland’s top politician says Holocaust bill is misunderstood – NBC News

German Foreign Office comments on Polish law on WWII, – 112 – German Foreign Office comments on Polish law on WWII –

The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs said that there was no doubt that first of all the Germans are responsible for concentration camps and the “individual collaborationists don’t change anything”, – 112

Dangerous distortion of history: where could Poland’s scandalous law lead | UNIAN

The Polish Sejm has passed in the first reading a bill that imposes criminal liability for public statements on the involvement of the Poles in the Holocaust and for the promotion of the so-called “Bandera ideology”. In fact, the legislation could have emerged much earlier. Indeed, in Poland, a campaign has long been gaining momentum to revise ethnic memory, while nationalist sentiment has been on the rise. So Ukrainians have fallen victim to such distortion of history by Poles seeing their neighbors as opponents.

Holocaust program may move to Ukraine due to Polish bill on Nazi crimes | UNIAN

Holocaust program may move to Ukraine due to Polish bill on Nazi crimes. View news feed in news about politics for 05 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Ukraine’s chief rabbi wants Holocaust program moved to his country – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post

“Ukraine has many places fit for a March of the Living where Jews suffered and were murdered in a terrible tragedy.”

Russian envoy says Israeli bill on Ukraine’s Stalin-era deaths a ‘wrong step’

A Russian diplomat cautioned Israel on Wednesday over a proposed law that would formally recognize the deaths of millions of Ukrainians under Soviet rule as a genocide.

Russian envoy: Israeli bill on Ukraine’s Stalin-era deaths a ‘wrong step’ – International news – Jerusalem Post

Israel is mindful of Russian clout over its enemies Syria, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Tel Aviv to consider bill recognizing Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide | UNIAN

Tel Aviv to consider bill recognizing Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide. View news feed in news about politics for 08 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Bill to remember ‘Ukrainian Genocide’ under Stalin treads tricky ground – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

While there is no doubt that millions of Ukrainians were among the citizens of the Soviet Union who died of starvation in the 1930s, nearly every other detail of the Holodomor is disputed.

Holocaust denier likely to appear on ballot for GOP for Chicago-area congressional seat

Arthur Jones, an Illinois man known for his ties to white supremacy groups, is running unopposed on the Republican ticket for Illinois’ 3rd District.

Masseys | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio