>> Any suggestion that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust could land offenders in jail under a new law, which Polish lawmakers approved on Thursday. It has triggered a diplomatic spat, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an effort to change history. The US State Department says the proposal could undermine free speech and inhibit discussion of the Holocaust.
Justyna Pawlak is in Warsaw.>> Poland's relationship with the European Union is very strained because of accusations from Brussels that the government is moving towards authoritarianism. And the Trump Administration has been a big ally of Poland, in this context. So heavy criticism from Washington obviously is going to have to raise some eyebrows in Warsaw.
>> Violators could face three years in prison for mentioning Polish death camps. Poland says such term suggests Warsaw was partly responsible for camps such as Auschwitz and Treblinka when millions of people, mostly Jews, were killed by Nazi Germany. The camps were built and operated by the Nazis after they invaded Poland in 1939.
The country was home to Europe's largest Jewish community at the time, some 3.2 million people. Nearly all died at the hands of the Nazis. They killed nearly two milion non-Jewish Poles, too.>> Parts of Eastern European societies within the EU have felt like second-class citizens for years. And now the Law and Justice Party is coming out and saying, no, we can be proud.
We can sort of look everybody in the face, we're very important, we've done a lot of great things in history.>> Research showing some Poles participated in the atrocities had shaken the belief of many that Poland was only a victim of World War II. Many still refuse to accept the findings.
The ruling Law and Justice Party has reignited that painful debate as part of its nationalist agenda.