Members of a far-right group wear masks of Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they stage a demo criticizing Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for having backtracked on parts of a Holocaust speech law, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish state bank funds publication of Holocaust statement

July 06, 2018 - 8:00 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish state-run bank says it has funded the publication in international newspapers of a Polish-Israeli government statement that criticizes those who blame Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany.

The statement, published last week, was signed by the Israeli and Polish prime ministers and came just as Poland scrapped potential prison terms for anyone claiming it shares responsibility for the Holocaust.

It stresses Polish wartime heroism and denounces "anti-Polonism" alongside anti-Semitism, which was seen as a diplomatic coup for Poland. But it's proving a headache for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Wednesday, the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said it contains "grave errors and deceptions."

PKO BP bank refused Friday to reveal how much it paid to disseminate the statement in U.S, German and Israeli newspapers.

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