Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Disappointed by Passage of Polish Nazi Crime Law

February 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the President of Poland signed legislation that would criminalize the attribution of Nazi crimes to the Polish state:

“President Duda’s signature on this legislation will likely have a chilling effect on dialogue and scholarship on the Holocaust in Poland. It must be repeated: Poland suffered greatly under German occupation, and more Poles took life-saving efforts to save Jews than those in any other country. While the term “Polish death camps” is inaccurate and painful, it is similarly inaccurate and painful to ignore the anti-Semitic acts and violence, including murder, by individual Poles during this period. I urge the judges of the Constitutional Tribunal to carefully review this legislation and consider its impact on Poland’s legacy.”

Last week, Representative Lowey and the other co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism sent a letter to President Duda to urge him to reject this legislation.