Press Statement
Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 27, 2018


The United States welcomes the Polish Parliament’s passage of amendments to its Institute of National Remembrance Law.

This action underscores Poland’s commitment to open debate, freedom of speech and academic inquiry. The Holocaust and the crimes of the Nazis are an unspeakable tragedy in the history of Poland and mankind.

We agree that phrases attributing responsibility to the Polish state for crimes committed by the Nazis on occupied Polish territory, such as “Polish death camps,” are inaccurate and hurtful. Such misrepresentations are best confronted through free and open dialogue.

U.S. Department of State

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