Ryszard Bender

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Ryszard Bender
Ryszard Bender
Ryszard Bender
Born Ryszard Janusz Bender
(1932-02-16)16 February 1932
Łomża, Poland
Died 24 February 2016(2016-02-24) (aged 84)
Lublin, Poland
Occupation Polish historian and politician

Ryszard Janusz Bender (16 February 1932 – 24 February 2016) was a Polish politician and historian, a specialist on the history of the January Uprising.


He was professor of History at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

In 1976–1980 and 1985–1989, he was a deputy of the Sejm. In 1991–1993 and 2005–2007, he was a senator. In 2007, he was elected from the list of the Law and Justice party. Bender was accused of antisemitism and Holocaust denial after he said that Auschwitz was "not a death camp" but a "labour camp".[1] He later said his remarks were taken out of context. He has also spoken out in defense of Dariusz Ratajczak.[2]


  1. ^ "Tory ally who called Auschwitz a labour camp is honoured | World news | The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  2. ^ Mudde, C. (2005). Racist Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe. Routledge. p. 159. ISBN 9780415355933. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 

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