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Poland’s Message to World in Holocaust Dispute: It’s You, Not Us

In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is defiant over his country’s new law.
Far-right protest near the presidential palace in Warsaw on Feb. 5.

Far-right protest near the presidential palace in Warsaw on Feb. 5.

Photographer: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Poland’s prime minister defended his country’s new Holocaust law and said the international outcry only exposed the rising tide of anti-Polish sentiment that seeks to vilify his compatriots.

In an interview at his office in Warsaw, Mateusz Morawiecki was adamant that nothing will halt his government’s efforts to repair the country, including the legislation criminalizing suggestions that Poland was in any way responsible for the genocide. What he termed “anti-Polonism” explains the need for a more assertive policy, he said.