U.S. voices concern about Poland's proposed Holocaust law
Bill that restricts speech related to crimes committed by Nazi Germany on Polish soil is not yet law
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday urged Poland to reconsider a draft law that would make it illegal to suggest Poland bore any responsibility for crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany on its soil during the Second World War.
The Polish government has said the legislation aims to stop the Polish people or state being blamed for Nazi crimes.
The bill, passed by the lower house of parliament on Friday, would make the use of phrases such as "Polish death camps" punishable by up to three years in prison.
According to figures from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, it's estimated the Germans also killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians during the Second World War.
"We encourage Poland to re-evaluate the legislation in light of its potential impact on the principle of free speech and on our ability to be effective partners," she said.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned Poland's charge d'affaires to object to the bill. To become law, the bill must be approved by the Senate and Polish President Andrzej Duda.