FBI Director’s Holocaust Comments Angers Poland

FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. FBI director Comey has caused huge offense to a U.S. ally: using language to suggest that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust. On Monday, April 20, 2015 Poles were waiting to see if FBI director James Comey apologizes _ something Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said he expected so the matter can be settled. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. FBI director Comey has caused huge offense to a U.S. ally: using language to suggest that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust. On Monday, April 20, 2015 Poles were waiting to see if FBI director James Comey apologizes _ something Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said he expected so the matter can be settled. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

When FBI director James Comey said last week the Holocaust “the most significant event in world history” and said he required all of his agents to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, he unwittingly offended Poland.

“In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil,” Mr. Comey said in a speech last week, of which some excerpts were published in the Washington Post. “They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us.”

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The comment stung Warsaw – so much so on Sunday it summoned its U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull to its foreign ministry in Poland to respond to Mr. Comey’s comments.

America’s top diplomat in Warsaw made clear to officials when he met them, that Mr. Comey did not speak for the United States, NPR reported.

After his meeting at Poland’s foreign ministry, Mr. Mull said suggesting any country other than Nazi Germany was responsible for the Holocaust “is harmful and offensive,” NPR reported.

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SOURCE: The Washington Times, Maggie Ybarra

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