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Israel-Central Europe summit canceled after Polish pullout | Ynet News |

The planned five-way summit in Jerusalem between Israel and four Central European nations--known as the Visegrad group--was cancelled after Poland withdrew from the conference in protest at remarks about his country's role in the Holocaust.

With the Hungarian and Slovak prime ministers already in Israel, bilateral meetings will take place instead, according to announcements by Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis and Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

 "There will be no full V4 meeting," Nahshon said in a text message, using a term for the central European bloc. "Three PM's are arriving and will hold meetings with (Israel's) PM."

Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."

Poland is trying to rewrite history with this controversial new holocaust law | The Conversation |

Anyone suggesting that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust could face fines or even imprisonment of up to three years under a controversial new law approved by president Andrzej Duda. The law makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of having taken part in the atrocities and the systematic mass murder of the Jews committed by the Germans during World War II.

Initially, the law was designed to criminalise the use of the phrase "Polish death camp" for extermination camps such as Auschwitz Birkenau. With this, Polish politicians wanted to make clear that the it was the Germans who set up the extermination camps - on German-occupied Polish soil. But while that is true, the law has much broader implications.

PM Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki signed a Holocaust declaration | Times of Israel - July 2018 |
Israeli Cabinet minister condemns joint statement on Poland's wartime record | JTA |

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Jews in Occupied Poland: The Massacre in Jedwabne

After being controlled by Russia for two years, Jedwabne, a small town in northeastern Poland, was captured by Germany on June 22, 1941. One of the first questions the Poles asked the Nazis, their new rulers, was if it was permitted to kill the Jews.

Brutal killings by the Poles immediately began, and included a Jew stoned to death with bricks as well as a Jew slashed with a knife, his eyes and tongue cut out. According to Jan Gross's book, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, the Nazis tried to persuade the Poles to keep at least one Jewish family from each profession, but the Poles responded, "We have enough of our own craftsmen, we have to destroy all the Jews, none should stay alive."

Gross writes that Jedwabne's mayor agreed to help facilitate a massacre and that Poles from local villages came in to watch and celebrate the event as a holiday. About half the men of Jedwabne's 1,600 Catholic community participated in torturing Jedwabne's 1,600 member Jewish community, corralling them into a barn, which was then set ablaze.

Until recently, a stone memorial in Jedwabne blamed the massacre on Nazi and Gestapo soldiers, but Gross's book uncovered that the mass execution was actually performed by locals, who, for decades, had shifted the blame away from themselves.

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