Warsaw: Polish lawmakers have approved a bill that makes it a crime, punishable by up to three years in prison, to use statements suggesting Poland bears responsibility for crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany.

The camps were built and operated by the Nazis after they invaded Poland in 1939.

The bill will also make it illegal to deny the murder of about 100,000 Poles by units in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) during World War II, a move likely to increase tensions with neighbouring Ukraine. Artistic and scientific activity will be exempt.

Poles have fought for years against the use of phrases like “Polish death camps”, which suggest Poland was at least partly responsible for the camps where millions people, mostly Jews, were killed by Nazi Germany.

Read the article by Marcin Goettig in The Age.

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