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    Minsk Summons Polish Envoy Over Revision of War Crimes Against Belarusians

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    MINSK (Sputnik) - Polish ambassador in Minsk, Artur Michalski, was summoned to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on 12 March to explain a recent decision of Polish authorities to acquit Polish anti-Communist insurgent Romuald Rajs of war crimes against the Belarusians, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatoly Glaz said.

    "We expect official comments from the Polish authorities on whether this assessment of Bury's actions is [Poland's] official position and how it agrees with the steps to build dialogue, including the historic one, that both sides have recently taken. The Polish ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry to give relevant explanations", Glaz said in a statement.

    Romuald Rajs, also known under the nickname "Bury", was sentenced to death in 1949, charged, in particular, with the mass killing of Polish Belarusians.

    READ MORE: ‘Poles Were Murdered for Same Reasons That Russians Were' — Holocaust Historian

    This 1942 photo provided by the the public prosecutor's office in Hamburg via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, shows Heinrich Himmler, center left, shaking hands with new guard recruits at the Trawniki concentration camp in Nazi occupied Poland.
    © AP Photo / public prosecutor's office in Hamburg via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    On 11 March, Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) published a statement revising the actions of Rajs and saying that the institute's earlier conclusions on the case were faulty.

    The IPN said Rajs "did not intend to destroy the Belarusian community living in Poland within its present borders".

    According to the institute, he was guilty of "creating the situation he could not cope with and as a result of which… the people, who under no circumstances should have suffered, were killed".

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