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FBI chief: Poles partly responsible for Holocaust

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Roberto Galea 18.04.2015 20:22
Polish Embassy in US and Foreign Ministry already reacted to comments by FBI director James Comey.

“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. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us,” the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey wrote in a column for the Washington Post.

The column was adapted from a speech which was given on Wednesday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2015 National Tribute Dinner, and outlined the practice that Comey sends every new FBI agent to get acquainted with the museum.

“Naturally, I want them to learn about abuse of authority on a breathtaking scale. But I want them to confront something more painful and more dangerous: I want them to see humanity and what we are capable of.

“I want them to see that, although this slaughter was led by sick and evil people, those sick and evil leaders were joined by, and followed by, people who loved their families, took soup to a sick neighbor, went to church and gave to charity,” Comey wrote.

The comments have already caught the attention of Polish authorities.

Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski told IAR news agency that such statements are unacceptable. “The Polish State always responded and will always respond [to such comments], the embassy immediately responded with a letter to the director of the FBI, where it clearly explained the historical reality,” Trzaskowski said.

He added that Poland also reacts to false charges which regularly appear in the foreign press. (rg)

Source: IAR, PAP

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