Poland accuses Stephen Fry of 'defamation'

By Robyn Rosen, October 9, 2009
Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

The Polish Embassy has accused comic actor, Stephen Fry, of “defamation” after he allegedly implied that the Polish nation was responsible for the atrocities at Auschwitz.

Mr Fry was interviewed on Channel 4 news earlier this week by Jon Snow where he criticised the Conservative party’s ties with Poland’s Law and Justice party.

Mr Fry is among the high profile figures who have spoken out against the Polish party’s alleged homophobic and antisemitic views, which Polish MEP, Michal Kaminksi, denies.

During the interview, Mr Fry said: “There has been a history, lets face it, in Poland, of a right wing Catholicism which has been deeply disturbing for those of us who know a little history and remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on and know the stories and know much of the antisemitic and homophobic and nationalistic elements in countries like Poland.”

A spokesman from the embassy told The Daily Telegraph: “To suggest even indirectly that the Polish people and Poland as a country are in some way collectively responsible for the [Auschwitz] death camp, which became the symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust, is completely wrong and, frankly, defamatory.”

Last updated: 12:43pm, October 9 2009