Don’t Ban Discussion of the Holocaust

Target: Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Goal: Do not jail people for discussing the Holocaust.

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, signed a bill into law this week that would mean jail time for anyone who suggests that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust. Duda argued that the bill would control negative conversation about Poland and safeguard Poland’s international reputation. Duda said, “[This bill]… protects Polish interests… our dignitiy, the historical truth… so that we are not slandered as a state and as a nation.” Israel responded by making a statement that the country had a responsibility to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. The United States also responded negatively to the bill that prohibits free speech.

The bill would mean prison sentences of up to three years for anyone that uses the phrase “Polish death camps” or suggests that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes. Social conservatives in Poland support the bill, arguing that it is needed to ensure that Poles are viewed as victims, not perpetrators, of Nazi aggression. On the other hand, Isreal says the law will curb free speech, criminalize historical facts, and stop necessary discussion. Activists worry that the bill could result in a rise in anti-Semitism.

Over three million of the 3.2 million Jews who lived in pre-war Poland were murdered by the Nazis, accounting for about half of all of the Jews killed in the Holocaust. During the years of the Holocaust, Poland was home to Europe’s biggest Jewish community. Death camps operated by Germans in occupied Poland included Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibor. Sign this petition to urge President Duda to recall the bill that limits discussion of the Holocaust.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Duda,

The bill that you recently signed to limit discussion of the Holocaust is doing a disservice to history. Not only does the bill limit free speech, but it also vehemently goes against your responsibility to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Of the 3.2 million Jews that lived in pre-war Poland, over three million were murdered by the Nazis. This is a historical fact that cannot be blotted out by additions to the law or silencing of conversations. German-occupied Poland during WWII was home to death camps that Jews from across the European continent were sent to.

Despite your desire to maintain Polish dignity, you must think of the effects that this bill will have in the future. It will cause the memory of the Holocaust to be fragmented and incomplete. It will prevent academic inquiry. It could lead to rise in anti-Semitism. I urge you to recall this bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Centralne Obchody Dnia Strażaka

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4 Comments

  1. FREEDOM OF SPEECH! THE WORLD SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL AND HEAR THE TRUTH! WHAT ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF?

  2. POLISH PRESIDENT IS CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!THERE WAS NO POLISH CAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE WAS GERMAN CAMPS SITUATED IN POLAND!!!!THIS JEWISH B.S. MOST BE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS JEWISH PROPAGANDA !!!!ONE THING WHAT JEWS WONT IS THE MONEY !!WHAT ABOUT PEOPLES FROM OTHER NATIONS WHO’S WAS KILL AT THIS GERMANS CAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!5.000,000,00 PEOPLES WAS KILL ALL TOGETHER !THIS IS A JEWS LIE’S THERE WAS 5.000,000,00JEWS KILLS!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT ABOUT POLISH, ENGLISH, FRENCH,GERMAN,OTHER EUROPEANS COUNTRY!HITLER KILLS MORE GYPSY PEOPLES THEN JEWS AND NOBODY SAY ANY THING ABOUT THIS ISSUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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