Category Archives: Hate crime

Poland can’t lay its Holocaust ghosts to rest by censoring free speech | Jonathan Freedland

The Polish government is wrong to ban discussion of the nation’s role in the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. It needs to face the demons of the past

History is complicated enough without getting the police involved. But in Poland debates about the darkest event of the 20th century could soon spill over from the seminar room and editorial pages and into the courts, even the prison cells. That’s because a new law, awaiting the president’s signature, would impose a fine or up to three years in jail for anyone found guilty of blaming “the Polish nation” for the Holocaust.

It’s an obvious, nationalistic move by the hard-right Law and Justice party, which rules Poland. But it raises tricky questions, not only about that country but about how to best to safeguard the truth, a question that has become increasingly vexed – even urgent.

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Fierce row over plans to publish antisemitic texts by French writer Céline

French publisher Gallimard says it will publish 1930s pamphlets by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, who called for extermination of Jews

A fierce row has erupted in Paris after a major publisher announced it would produce a new collection of the violently antisemitic hate pamphlets by novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

French publishing house Gallimard has insisted it will go ahead with the publication of the 1,000-page collection of 1930s pamphlets by Céline, who called for the extermination of Jews. The publication date is not set but Gallimard has insisted its intention is to frame the texts “and put them back in their context as writings of a great violence, marked by the antisemitic hatred of the author”.

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Source: gad