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  • 4 July 2017

    At its plenary meeting in Geneva on Thursday, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted a statement supporting the Polish government’s activities to root out such defective codes of memory as the “Polish camps” and “Polish death camps” from publications and public discourse on the annihilation of the Jewish people in the Second World War.

    The IHRA has called for an end to using these misleading expressions to refer to places associated with the persecution and murder of the Jews by Nazi Germany on occupied Polish lands.


    We welcome the IHRA’s position as a measure against distorting the truth about the Holocaust and diluting responsibility for this heinous crime, which rests on Nazi Germany. It is the result of Polish diplomatic efforts, in particular those of the Polish delegation at the IHRA composed of representatives of government, museum and research institutions. It is also the result of engaging the international community in dialogue to promote the entire truth about the Holocaust based on reliable and open historical research. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including its missions abroad, has continually acted to root out expressions considered to be defective codes of memory from the Holocaust narrative.  


    The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is a global intergovernmental organisation set up in 1998.  Its goal is to mobilise and coordinate support from political and community leaders for education, sustaining Holocaust memory and studies at the national and international levels. The IHRA has 31 member and 11 observer countries. Poland has been an IHRA member since 1999.

     

    MFA Press Office

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