31 January 2021
Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, expresses concern over the trial in Poland against Polish researchers Prof. Barbara Engelking and Prof. Jan Grabowski and emphatically reiterates its principled position elaborated back in July 2018, which stated that any effort to set the bounds of academic and public discourse through political or judicial pressure is unacceptable. It constitutes a serious attack on free and open research. Legal proceedings against Holocaust scholars because of their research are incompatible with accepted academic research norms and amount to an attack on the effort to achieve a full and balanced picture of the history of the Holocaust and on the veracity and, reliability of its underlying historical sources. Yad Vashem continues to be committed to research on the Holocaust and to facilitate in every way the work of scholars and educators around the world and in Israel to confront without limits the complex truth of the Holocaust.