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‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz

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Published on January 27, 2020 - Duration: 01:26s

‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz

The presidents of Israel and Poland call for the end of historical revisionism on Holocasut memorial day, after Vladimir Putin's latest comments regarding World War II.

Adam Reed reports.

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‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz

The presidents of Israel and Poland called for the end of historical revisionism, as they laid tributes at the site of an Auschwitz monument on Monday (January 27).

World leaders and Holocaust survivors gathered in Poland to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on Monday, where more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews were murdered.

(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRESIDENT, REUVEN RIVLIN, SAYING: "Leave the job of factual research in the hands of expert historians, Israeli experts, Polish experts and also (experts) from other countries who take part in Holocaust research, and let the political leaders have the responsibility to design the present and the future." Polish President Andrzej Duda joined President Rivlin in referencing recent comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who suggested that Poland shares responsibility for instigating World War Two.

Last month Putin said Poland - which was invaded first by Nazi Germany from the west and then by Soviet forces from the east in September 1939 - had helped bring disaster on itself, by plotting the previous year in plans to cut off routes to its southern neighbour Czechoslovakia.

Duda and Rivlin also called for greater global efforts to combat anti-Semitism, amid concerns over a resurgence of anti-Jewish prejudice.

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