Italian news agency regrets use of 'Polish death camp'
PR dla Zagranicy
Italy’s ANSA news agency has said it regrets using the term “Polish death camp”, following the Polish ambassador's intervention at its office on Thursday, the PAP news agency reported.
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The Polish ambassador personally went to ANSA's headquarters after the news agency twice referred to Auschwitz, a WWII German Nazi concentration and death camp in occupied Poland, as a "Polish camp"; once after the ambassador issued an appeal to Italian media against such practices.
In a statement published on Friday, ANSA said it was aware that precision was necessary to avoid misinterpretations of history.
The ANSA news agency used the term "Polish camp" in a 16 January report on an Italian documentary, which shows the journey of a group of young people from Italy to the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
Ten days later, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day marking the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January, the Polish embassy appealed to Italian media to use the UNESCO-approved term “German Nazi concentration and extermination camp”.
However, on Monday, ANSA used the controversial phrase in another report on the same film. (vb)