Feb 2, 2018, Warsaw: Members of the far-right Polish nationalist group, ‘, protested outside the Auschwitz concentration camp on Holocaust Memorial Day, where a memorial day ceremony was being held on January 28, 2019.
The hardliners held their demonstrations inside the former concentration camp at the same time the official Holocaust commemorations were taking place at the former concentration camp.
According to reports, approximately 50 protestors from the movement demonstrated against Jews and the Jewish nation. Piotr Rybak, who was once jailed for burning an effigy of a Jew, told reporters they were there to oppose the official – and historically accurate – narrative that millions of Jews were murdered by the Nazis with the active collaboration of some Poles. “It’s time to fight against Jewry and free Poland from them,” Mr Rybak said, a Polish newspaper reported.
“The Jewish nation and Israel is doing everything to change the history of the Polish nation”, he said. According to him, the official Holocaust commemorations diminish the place of Polish victims.
Nevertheless, while the far-right group protested, leading politicians including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and other officials gathered inside the grounds of Auschwitz to hold the annual commemoration marking the liberation of the death camp on 27 January 1945.