When confronted during a conference in Munich on Saturday (Feb 17) over Poland's new law that criminalises suggestions that the Polish nation bore any responsibility for the Holocaust, Morawiecki listed Jews among nations that along with Germans were "perpetrators" of Nazi-era crimes.
In his answer, Morawiecki equated "Jewish perpetrators" with Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and German perpetrators, drawing immediate criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called his words "outrageous".
Mr Morawiecki's spokeswoman said his remarks should be interpreted as a honest call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust, regardless of the nationality of those involved in each crime.
"Here we have a problem of the inability to understand history, as well as a lack of feeling for the tragedy of our people", Netanyahu tweeted late Saturday, adding that he would speak urgently to Morawiecki.
Israeli critics have accused Poland of seeking to use the law to whitewash the role of some Poles who helped Germans kill Jews during the war. I want to repeat: "strategically, regarding Ukraine's territorial integrity, Ukraine's protection and support in its dispute with Moscow, and regarding Ukraine's pro-European orientation, there is no doubt", the Polish foreign minister stressed.
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Netanyahu's office said he told Morawiecki that "a comparison between the activities of Poles and the activities of Jews during the Holocaust is unfounded". Among the most famous was Stella Kübler, who survived the Holocaust by detecting and betraying many other Jews to the Nazis in Germany. "But accusing Jews themselves of allegedly being perpetrators in the Holocaust was a stunning reversal of responsibility for the Holocaust, turning victims into perpetrators". The Nazis killed three million Polish Jews and another three million non-Jewish ones.
"Poland's suffering at the hands of the Nazi regime was enormous, its bravery in resistance is unquestionable". The new law has sparked anger from Israel and the United States for stifling debate about the death camps the Nazis built on Polish soil.
Last month, Poland's ruling party passed the Holocaust law despite U.S. warnings that it censors free speech and may weaken the east European nation's "strategic interests and relations".
Poland sparked worldwide criticism over its stance on the facts of the Holocaust when it passed a law earlier this month imposing jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the deaths of millions of Jews during the war. Arguably, though, the prime minister has only made the situation worse.
Swastikas and obscenities, along with the word "murderer", were found on the gate of the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday, reports The New York Times.