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Polish Controversies and Legislation on the Holocaust

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Oct. 25, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Polish Controversies and Legislation on the Holocaust

This event is co-sponsored by the History and Public Policy Program and the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University.

Until recently, Poland was perceived as an encouraging example among post-communist states on coming to terms with the Holocaust. This changed following the adoption of controversial legislation penalizing those who assert Poland’s co-responsibility for some of the Holocaust crimes and other major crimes of the 20th century. Following an international outcry, the most controversial fragments of the legislation were removed. However, the episode changed significantly the standards of public debate on Polish-Jewish history in the country and affected Poland’s image abroad.

Professor Dariusz Stola presented the controversy and its consequences in the longer framework of Polish debates on the Holocaust.


Dariusz Stola

Dariusz Stola

Director, POLIN Museum, Warsaw, Poland
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

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