Poland sum­mons US en­voy over FBI head’s Holo­caust com­ments


Poland’s For­eign Min­istry ur­gently sum­moned U.S. Am­bas­sador Stephen Mull on Sun­day to “protest and de­mand an apol­ogy,” say­ing the head of the FBI sug­gested that Poles were ac­com­plices in the Holo­caust.

FBI direc­tor James Comey made the re­marks in an ar­ti­cle about the need to ed­u­cate about the Holo­caust that was pub­lished by The Wash­ing­ton Post on Thurs­day. It was adapted from a speech he gave Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

In the ar­ti­cle, Comey said, “In their minds, the mur­der­ers and ac­com­plices of Ger­many, and Poland, and Hun­gary, and so many, many other places didn’t do some­thing evil. They con­vinced them­selves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.”

The words


a storm among politi­cians in Poland, where the el­derly still re­mem­ber the bru­tal­ity of the Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion dur­ing World War II, in which more than 6 mil­lion Pol­ish cit­i­zens were killed.

Prime Min­is­ter Ewa Kopacz said Comey’s words were “un­ac­cept­able” in Poland.

“To those who are in­ca­pable of pre­sent­ing the his­toric truth in an hon­est way, I want to say that Poland was not a per­pe­tra­tor but a vic­tim of World War II,” Kopacz said. “I would ex­pect full his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge from of­fi­cials who speak on the mat­ter.”

To­masz Nalecz, an aide to Pres­i­dent Bro­nis­law Ko­morowski, in a de­bate on TVN24 called Comey a “block­head,” but added that the “stu­pid­ity of one of­fi­cial does not erase the friend­ship be­tween Poland and the U.S.”

But Auschwitz sur­vivor, 93- year- old Wla­dys­law Bar­toszewski, a Pole, said he was con­cerned that he could hear “stupid words” com­ing from a politi­cian close to the U. S. pres­i­dent.

Af­ter meet­ing with Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Leszek Soczewica on Sun­day, Mull said he would ur­gently con­tact the FBI and Wash­ing­ton about the mat­ter. Ear­lier in the day, Mull said in Pol­ish that Comey’s words were “wrong, harm­ful and of­fen­sive,” and didn’t re­flect the U. S. ad­min­is­tra­tion’s views.

The meet­ing was held shortly af­ter Mull at­tended cer­e­monies mark­ing the 72nd an­niver­sary of the War­saw Ghetto up­ris­ing against the Nazi Ger­mans, who trans­ported tens of thou­sands of the res­i­dents who re­mained in the ghetto to their deaths at the Ma­j­danek camp op­er­ated by the Ger­mans near the Pol­ish city of Lublin.

Nazi Ger­many bru­tally oc­cu­pied Poland from 1939-45, and ran death camps here, killing mil­lions of Jews, Poles and oth­ers.

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