Poland demands apology for FBI chief’s comment on Holocaust

[From The Guardian]

  • US ambassador meets deputy PM to discuss James Comey’s remark
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Poland’s foreign ministry urgently summoned US ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday, to “protest and demand an apology”, saying the head of the FBI had suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust.

After meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Leszek Soczewica on Sunday, Mull said he would urgently contact the FBI and Washington about the matter. Earlier in the day, Mull said in Polish that Comey’s words were “wrong, harmful and offensive”, and didn’t reflect the US administration’s views.

FBI director James Comey made the remarks in an article about the need to educate about the Holocaust that was published by the Washington Post on Thursday. It was adapted from a speech he gave on Wednesday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In the article, Comey said: “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.”

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