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False terminology in the foreign media used in reference to Nazi German concentration camps in occupied Poland.
Report by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
This document was compiled through the monitoring of the international media during the period coinciding with the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. For years, journalists have occasionally used terms like Polish concentration camps or Polish death camps in publications devoted to World War II and the Holocaust. Regardless of their intentions (e.g. geographic reference to a camp in occupied Poland), the use of such terms could be interpreted by some readers as indicating that the German Nazi camps had been built by Poles and thus were run as Polish camps. For this reason, Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all its missions around the world will consistently campaign against the use of terms that falsify history and shift the responsibility for the Holocaust from the criminal Nazi German regime onto Poland which was occupied by that regime.
The dailies La Nacion and Clarin , late January 2005, articles commemorating the anniversary of Auschwitz contained the terms Polish concentration camp and Polish camp. Protest letters by the Polish ambassador to the papers.
31st January, article by Prof. J.D. Goldhagen headlined Auschwitz the name of darkness (more on this in the section on the US), with claims of complicity of Poles in the crime of the Holocaust. Protest by the Polish ambassador.
The use by the Argentine press of terms like Polish camps mobilized the local Polish and Jewish communities to issue protest letters which were published in the papers and disseminated through the Internet.
The Australian Associated Press (AAP) and the website of TV Channel 7 News, story headlined Momentous day for Auschwitz survivors , 26th January 2005, contained the phrase Polish camp. Protest letter by the Polish ambassador, campaign by the Polish expat community (e.g. meeting of the editor of Tygodnik Polski with the federal minister for citizenship), references made to the ruling of the Australian Press Council of May 1999 in a similar case (Adjudication No. 1025) , issued in favor of the Federal Council of Polish Associations in Australia. Written apologies by the chief editor of the AAP, with precise internal instructions for the Agencys journalists.
ABC television, broadcast of documentary titled Claiming the Memories, January 2005, suggestions of involvement of Poles in the killing of Jews; broadcast followed by anti-Polish stories in the Australian Jewish News and on the Internet (Auschwitz described as the infamous Polish death camp) citing US press agencies. Protest campaign by Polish expats.
RVI-Radio Vlaanderen International (Flanders), 16th March 2005, commentary on the visit of the Belgian premier to Jerusalem - the term Polish death camp was used. After an intervention by the Polish embassy in Brussels, the station apologized on 18th March, explaining that the term had been used for brevity as a geographic reference
A documentary called "Upside Down" by Canadian filmmaker Violetta Cardinal interviews Canadian and American school children who think Poland built the concentration camps because they are referred to as "Polish."
--- In GaliciaPoland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com, Danuta Janina WÃ³jcik <sandlily@...> wrote:
> Poland confronts â€˜deathcamp.plâ€™ dilemma
> 02.02.2011 11:50
> Polandâ€™s Minister of Culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, has made a plea to museums on the sites of former Nazi concentration camps to drop the â€˜.plâ€™ from their internet portal addresses.
> The minister has suggested changing the suffix to â€˜.euâ€™, so as to avoid perpetuating the misleading notion that the killing grounds were run by Poles.
> The initiative builds on the long-running campaign to prevent references to â€œPolish death campsâ€ in the international press.
> Polish campaigners argue that clumsy editing spreads disinformation regarding who created the camp system.
> Poles postulate that the references should always be to Nazi-occupied Poland. Over 200,000 people, including Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich, have signed an internet petition to this effect
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