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Poland Backtracks On A Controversial Holocaust Speech Law

Under the law, anyone who accuses the country of complicity in Nazi crimes during World War II could face three years' imprisonment. But lawmakers voted to remove that penalty on Wednesday.

Poland is taking steps to soften a controversial law that means anyone who accuses the nation of complicity during the Holocaust could be handed a prison sentence of up to three years.

President Andrzej Duda in February, after it was proposed by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party. He said the law protected Polish interests "so that we

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