> Poland's president, Andrzej Duda announces he will sign a Holocaust bill into law, despite protests from Israel, and the United States. The measure imposes prison sentences of up to three years for describing concentration camps like Auschwitz, and Treblinka as quote Polish death camps. And for suggesting that Poland was complicit in Nazi Germany's crimes, which killed millions of people during World War II, most of them Jews.
Poland's right wing government says the law is necessary to protect the reputation of Poles as victims, not perpetrators of Nazi regression. Israel disagrees. It says the law would ban true statements about the role that some Poles played during the war. Reuter's Usina Pola is in Warsaw.>> Many Poles had believed that the nation had conducted itself honorably during World War II, and that Poland was the biggest victim of Nazi Germany.
Since 1989, research had come out to show that a number of Poles had not acted honorably, that they had helped the Nazis with the Holocaust or participated in it willingly.>> Critics say the bill is a move towards authoritarianism, and undermines free speech. President Duda says it will ensure his nation's dignity, and historical truth.