Polish Justice Minister seeks to ban use of misleading phrase: ‘Polish death camp’

Poland’s Justice Minister says, “Enough with this lie.” Poles are maligned worldwide because of this misleading phrase, which suggests then-occupied Poland was culpable for the camps, when the Nazis ordered them built on its soil.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase “Polish death camps” when referring to the wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro – Photo: YouTube Screenshot

Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical and newspaper accounts since it suggests that the country, which was occupied by Nazi Germany throughout World War II, was responsible for the camps set up on its territory.

The Nazis established and operated their most infamous death camps, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor and Treblinka, mostly in occupied Poland rather than in Germany.

“This will be a project that meets the expectations of Poles, who are blasphemed in the world, in Europe, even in Germany, that they are the Holocaust perpetrators, that in Poland there were Polish concentration camps, Polish gas chambers,” Ziobro told private radio RMF.

“Enough with this lie. There has to be responsibility,” he said.

The phrase “Polish death camps” is usually found only in foreign publications, almost never in Poland itself.

Ziobro said he had presented the project to Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, and she had reacted positively.


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