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French-Polish film director Roman Polanski smiles during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
Filmmaker Roman Polanski, left, impresses his palms in plaster for the Krakow Film Alley at the opening of the 8th edition of the PKO Off Camera film festival in his childhood city of Krakow, Poland, on Friday, May 1, 2015. In February, the Oscar-winning director appeared in a court in Krakow for a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition concerning charges of sex with a minor, a case that has haunted him since 1977. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 file photo director Roman Polanski speaks to the press after a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, at the regional court in his childhood city of Krakow, Poland. A court in Poland was expected to rule Friday Oct. 30, 2015 on whether Polish law allows filmmaker Roman Polanski to be extradited to the U.S., where he pleaded guilty nearly four decades ago to having sex with a minor. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Director Roman Polanski presents the Musical 'Le bal des Vampires' during the 'Vivement Dimanche' French TV Show at Pavillon Gabriel on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Polish-French film director Roman Polanski holds his trophy after receiving a Cesar award of best director for his film "Venus in Fur" during the 39th Cesar Film Awards at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
French director Roman Polanski, left, embraces U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson on stage at the end of the 39th Cesar Film Awards at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Director Roman Polanski arrives for the screening of Saint-Laurent at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Polish-French director Roman Polanski (R) and British former Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart pose during a photocall before attending a screening of the film 'Week-end of a Champion', directed by Polanski and Frank Simon, in Monaco on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Kate Winslet, right, poses with film director Roman Polanski before the premiere of his movie "Carnage", in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Polish born film director Roman Polanski, right, picks up the award for his life work while festival drector Nadja Schildknecht looks on at the Film Festival in Zurich, Swzitzerland, Tuesday, Sept.27, 2011. The award was intended to be given two years ago to Polanski when he was arrested and prisoned for 70 days. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
FILE - This is a Saturday, June 30, 2007 file photo of film director and producer Roman Polanski as he meets the media at the Artfilm international film festival in Trencin, Slovakia. Polanski was granted bail at US$4.5 million on Wednesday Nov. 25, 2009 in a surprising decision that keeps the 76-year-old director imprisoned for up to 10 days pending a possible appeal by the Swiss government. The Swiss Criminal Court reversed its previous rejection of bail, saying it was confident that the large cash guarantee would compel Polanski to remain at his chalet in Switzerland under house arrest and in an electronic bracelet. It still viewed him as a high flight risk. (AP Photo,CTK/Eduard Genserek, File) ***SLOVAKIA OUT***
French born film director Roman Polanski waves during a media presentation in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Polanski's successful musical "Tanz der Vampire - Das Grusical" will premiere in Berlin, Dec. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns)
Polish-born filmmaker and Academy Award winner Roman Polanski president of the jury gestures to a photographer during a jury photo-call at the sixth Marrakesh International Film Festival, in Marrakesh Morocco Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. . The jury members are left to right Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire and Spanish actress Paz Vega . Standing at right is Egyptian Yousry Nasrallah . The festival runs through Dec. 1-9. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Polish director Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner arrive arrives for the Cinema Against AIDS 2005 charity event of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR), in Mougins near Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 19, 2005. The 58th International Film Festival will end in Cannes Saturday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Polish-born director Roman Polanski attends the inauguration of Paris' new memorial to the Holocaust by French President Jacques Chirac, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Film director Roman Polanski, left, kisses the hand of American actress Sharon Stone, right, as he is awarded the Palme d'Or for the film "The Pianist," during the award ceremony of the 55th Film Festival in Cannes, on the French Riviera, Sunday, May 26, 2002. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin)
Film director Roman Polanski, left, and Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez speak together Friday Dec.13, 2002 during the closing ceremony of the XXIV Cuban International film Festival in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/str)
Roman Polanski directs a scene while shooting his latest film "The Pianist" on one of Warsaw's main streets Wednesday May 2, 2001. "The Pianist" is based on the autobiography of composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, who survived the Holocaust in Warsaw. . (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
388086 07: Film Director Roman Polanski Attends A Memorial Service For Victims Of The Holocaust, April 19, 2001 In Warsaw, Poland. The Day Marked The 58Th Anniversary Of The Uprising Of The Jews Imprisoned In The Warsaw Ghetto By The Nazi Germans. Polanski Himself Escaped From The Krakow Jewish Ghetto Earlier In World War Ii And Spent The Rest Of The War Years Hiding In Polish Villages. (Photo By East News/Getty Images)
Polish movie director Roman Polanski gestures as he is awarded with 'The European Contribution to World Cinema' in a ceremony by the European Film Academy at the Schiller Theater in Berlin, Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999. (AP Photo/Pool)
Film director Roman Polanski arrives at the Festival Palace in Cannes on Saturday May 10, 1997 to attend the screening of US actor Johnny Depp's first directed movie, "The Brave". (AP PHOTO/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner - Solidarity party for Egypt - 1993. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Emmanuelle Seigner and her husband Roman Polanski, at the European cinema awards - 1989. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Polish-born film director Roman Polanski and his girlfriend Emmanuelle Seigner pose with the Copacabana beach in the background, Sept. 9, 1988. Seigner stars in Polanski's "Frantic." (AP Photo/AJB)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears with German actress Nastassja Kinski at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
Polish-born filmmaker Roman Polanski, husband of slain actress Sharon Tate, is seen in this 1970 photo. (AP Photo)
FILE-This undated file photo shows Polish-born film director Roman Polanski talking to the media in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, denied a bid by the Oscar-winning director's lawyers for a hearing that could lead to the dismissal of a 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case. (AP Photo, File)
Film director Roman Polanski arrives at the California Men's Instititue at Chino, Ca., Friday, Dec. 16, 1977. Polanski, who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, begins a court-ordered 90-day psychiatric study. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Director Roman Polanski presents actress Nastassja Kinski at a news conference at the Carlton Hotel during the 32nd International Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 1979. Kinski plays the title role in Polanski's new film "Tess." (AP Photo)
File - Movie director Roman Polanski talks with correctional officers in this Dec. 17, 1977 file photo taken at Chino Mens Institute in Chino, Calif. Polanski, who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl was beginning a court ordered 90-day psychiatric study at the time. Polanski has been taken into custody by Swiss police on a 31-year-old U.S. arrest warrant, organizers of the Zurich Film Festival said Sunday Sept. 27, 2009. Zurich police spokesman Stefan Oberlin confirmed Polanski's arrest, but refused to provide more details. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
File - Film director Roman Polanski is seen as he leaves court in this Oct. 25, 1977 file photo taken in Santa Monica, Calif.,Polanski has been taken into custody by Swiss police on a 31-year-old U.S. arrest warrant, organizers of the Zurich Film Festival said Sunday Sept. 27, 2009. Zurich police spokesman Stefan Oberlin confirmed Polanski's arrest, but refused to provide more details. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, center, arrives with his wife, Maureen, and director Roman Polanski, far right, at the Festival Palace in Cannes, France, on May 15, 1968. They are attending the screening of the British entry "Joanna" in the Cannes International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Raoul Fornezza)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1964: Francoise Dorleac dancing with Roman Polanski. Paris, Club Saint-Hilaire. 1963. HA-1616. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- An adviser to the Polish president accused U.S. authorities on Monday of "absolute ignorance" in seeking the arrest of film director Roman Polanski, a Holocaust survivor, while he was in Poland last week for the opening of a Jewish history museum.

The comments underline the dilemma of Poland in the face of continued attempts by the U.S. to seek Polanski's arrest on 1977 charges of having sex with a minor.

Poland is a close U.S. ally. But the Polish political class has shown a strong aversion to arresting and extraditing the Oscar-winning Polish-French filmmaker, who made his first films in Poland and is admired as a representative of Polish culture.

"I think that Polish citizens, especially in cases of crimes whose statute of limitations have run out, should not be subject to extradition," Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said when asked about the Polanski case.

Polanski, 81, who lives in France, attended the opening of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on Oct. 28 before traveling to Krakow, his childhood city. Polish authorities questioned him there because of the U.S. request, but refused to arrest him.

Tomasz Nalecz, adviser to President Bronislaw Komorowski, said he felt it was inappropriate to seek the arrest of a "child of the Holocaust" in Poland during the opening of the museum, which highlights Poland's role as a safe haven for Jews for centuries before the Holocaust.

"From the point of view of Polish history," the U.S. official who requested the arrest "showed absolute ignorance," Nalecz said.

The U.S. Embassy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Polanski, who has Jewish origins, lost his mother at Auschwitz. He survived the war assuming a non-Jewish identity.

Polish media say Polanski has been seeking guarantees that Poland won't extradite him as he plans to direct a new film in Poland next year on the Dreyfus affair, the early 20th century French spy scandal.

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