Israeli Guides Leading Holocaust Tours Fear Prosecution Over Poland's New Holocaust Bill

Chairman of guides organization asks for clarification regarding the legislation, which criminalizes holding Poles responsible for Nazi crimes

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An organization of Israeli guides who conduct tours in Poland, which includes educators who lead Israeli groups around the country, expressed concern that their members could be prosecuted after the passage of a new law that forbids blaming the Polish people for the crimes of the Holocaust.

Gil Paran, the chairman of the group, asked the Education Ministry on Sunday to clarify the implications of the new law for his colleagues, and whether they run a risk of legal action against them. “I would like to find out whether, if I mention the part played by the Polish people in the crimes of the Holocaust as I guide, this breaks the law, and whether an Israeli guide is exposed to criminal proceedings,” Paran wrote the ministry’s legal adviser.

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