The theme of our Yom HaShoah program this year is “Holocaust History-Erased by Polish Government?”
Polish government passed the Anti-Defamation Law that makes it illegal with up to three years of imprisonment for “associating Holocaust crimes to Poland.” The bill and signed law was met with heavy criticism from the United States and Israel. In order for Poland to protect its “reputation,” they are denying history and their involvement in the Holocaust to be seen only as victims. This is Holocaust denial and loss of free speech.
According to the Anti-Defamation League “the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, the largest single-year increase on record since ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s.” With heightened anti-Semitism, this year for Yom HaShoah, we will delve into the Polish Anti-Defamation law to understand its implications. We refuse to be silent.
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