President Vladimir Putin deliberately lies about Poland’s role in WWII, said Polish President Andrzej Duda in an interview for Israeli public television.
In this context, the President was asked about recent statements by Vladimir Putin who downplayed the importance of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with regard to the outbreak of WWII, and accused Poland of cooperation with Nazi Germany and anti-Semitism.
“Such allegations are untrue and deeply harmful to Poland, as well as for many Jews who have lived in our country for decades,” the President said.
He stressed that the most important place to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust should be the area of the former Nazi German Auschwitz concentration camp.
Andrzej Duda was also asked whether the Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz should apologise for his words about alleged Polish anti-Semitism.
“There are Jews who were born in Poland before the outbreak of WWII and who survived the Holocaust who believe that the country and the Poles should be apologised to for these words which, I have no doubt, were the most harmful to us, the Poles, and our country,” he said.
The entire interview of President Duda for Israeli public television will be published on Tuesday evening.
Andrzej Duda will not be taking part in the World Holocaust Forum’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau which is to take place in Jerusalem on 23 January. He justified his decision by the fact that unlike the heads of state of Russia, Germany, France and Britain, he had not been invited to speak.
Delegations from a few dozen countries have announced their participation in the Polish commemorations on January 27 in Oświęcim, southern Poland.
The Nazi Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, including about 960,000 people of Jewish descent.