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German paper says "Polish death camp", Polish consul to intervene

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Victoria Bieniek 15.04.2017 18:36
The Polish consular office in Munich, southern Germany, intends to intervene after Mittelbayerische Zeitung, a regional daily, used the phrase “Polish death camp”.
The symbolic "remains" of the railroad in Treblinka. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThe symbolic "remains" of the railroad in Treblinka. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The daily on Saturday wrote on its website about Holocaust survivor Israel Offman, who was sent to Auschwitz, a German Nazi concentration camp, and other concentration camps.

The website said that Offman's sister was killed by Nazis at Treblinka, which it called a “Polish death camp,” the Polish PAP news agency reported. Treblinka was an extermination camp built and operated by Nazi Germans in occupied eastern Poland.

Deputy consul Robert Zadura said he was regretful that such distortions show up in German media.

“We highlight that these are German concentration camps and we demand a correction,” he said.

This is the latest in a string of related incidents.

In March, the website of German broadcaster SWR also used the historically inaccurate term in a report on the 75th anniversary of the first deportations of Jews from Mainz, western Germany.

The broadcaster later admitted to the error and corrected it.

Also in March, the website of German radio broadcaster B5 Aktuell used the same phrase in a story about the extermination of Jews in occupied Poland, and after a Polish consulate intervened, replaced it with “Germany national socialist death camps in then-occupied Poland”. (vb)

Source: PAP

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