Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi forces towards the end of the war in their battle against communists who were imposing control on the nation. A Mass in Warsaw opened ceremonies honouring the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade of the National Armed Forces on the 75th anniversary of its formation. The partisans were honoured for their sacrifices to the fatherland. Polish President Andrzej Duda’s official patronage and the presence of ruling party officials underlined the right-wing government’s rehabilitation of a partisan unit that the far-right and nationalist groups celebrate. It is seen as a part of a broader attempt by the ruling Law and Justice party to appeal to right-wing voters ahead of the nation’s parliamentary vote in October. (…) The official rehabilitation of the brigade began when Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki honoured its members at a cemetery in Munich in February 2018. Morawiecki asserted at a news conference the same day that there were some “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust.
Poland’s shift to the right continues as it honours Nazi collaborators
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