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Poland blacklists Oscar film depicting Poles as culpable in deaths of Jews

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Published: 14 May 2018

Last updated: 4 March 2024

OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR Pawel Pawlikowski has claimed that he had been blacklisted by Poland’s populist right-wing government and compared censorship in the country now to the dark days of communism.

The 60-year-old, who won the best foreign language movie for Ida in 2015, told AFP on Friday that the film had been banned from being shown on television or in Polish cultural institutes abroad.

“The film is on a blacklist… There is now a blacklist of books, theatre directors and film-makers who must not be supported,” he said. “I have the honour to be on this list,” Pawlikowski said as his new film, Cold War, was premiered at the Cannes film festival.

His last film Ida became the target of attacks and a petition by the country’s Culture Minister Piotr Glinski, then in opposition, when it was nominated for an Academy Award.

The film about a young Catholic nun who learns she is a Holocaust orphan, touches on the killing of Jews during the Nazi occupation by Poles with whom they had sought refuge — a fact swept under the carpet for decades.

FULL STORY Polish director of Holocaust film says he’s been blacklisted by government (Times of Israel)

Study says Polish neighbours betrayed many more Jews than previously thought (JTA)
According to new research done in Poland, two thirds of the local Jews who hid there from the Nazis did not survive the war, mostly because of the actions of their non-Jewish neighbours

Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia (JTA)

Photo: Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski poses at the Cannes Film Festival (AFP Photo/Valery Hache)

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