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February 8, 2018

It is a crime to say “Polish death camps”

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:47 am

Don’t ever say “Polish death camp” because you might go to prison for making this mistake.

To be correct, you must say “Nazi death camp in Poland” or you could say “German death camp in Poland.”

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My photo of a fence at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

You can read all about it in this recent news article: http://www.history.com/news/poland-holocaust-law-death-camps

The following quote is from the news article:

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Auschwitz. Treblinka. The Warsaw Ghetto. During World War II, Poland became the epicenter of the Nazis’ crimes—but soon, implying that those crimes were committed by the Polish state will itself be a crime. A controversial new law in Poland makes it illegal to accuse the nation of being complicit with Nazi crimes like the Holocaust. It also outlaws the phrase “Polish death camps.” Both are punishable by prison sentences of up to three years.

The law has provoked an academic and diplomatic firestorm, drawing criticism from historians and rebukes from people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the law “adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry.” Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims, Yad Vashem, called the legislation “liable to blur the historical truths regarding the assistance the Germans received from the Polish population during the Holocaust.”

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Did the Germans receive assistance from the Polish population during the Holocaust? I believe that they did, but the Polish people now deny it.

When I went to Poland for the first time, I went to a book store to buy a book on this subject as soon as I arrived. The woman in the book store told me that the Polish people were not to blame; only the Germans were bad.  Why did she volunteer this information? I interpreted this to mean that she knew perfectly well that the Polish people wanted to get rid of the Jews, but she denied it.

You can read the history of the Auschwitz camp on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html