German paper uses false term ‘Polish’ death camp: report
PR dla Zagranicy
German newspaper Mittelbayerische Zeitung has referred to the Nazi German Sobibór World War II death camp as a “Polish” camp, the wpolityce.pl website reported on Monday.
During the war the camp was located in Nazi German-occupied eastern Poland. The site is now on the Polish-Ukrainian border.
Last April Mittelbayerische Zeitung also referred to the Treblinka death camp as a “Polish” camp, wpolityce.pl reported.
Sobibór was one of three death camps -- alongside Treblinka and Bełżec -- that the Germans established in occupied Poland during World War II as part of their Operation Reinhardt, a secretive plan to exterminate the entire Jewish population in the so-called General Government area of Poland under Nazi control.
The Germans murdered an estimated 2 million Jews from Poland and other European countries as part of Operation Reinhardt from March 1942 to November 1943.
Poland recently passed a contested law which could impose a jail term on anyone who accuses the country of being complicit in Nazi German crimes. The move triggered anger in Israel and a warning from the United States.
In Poland, the new rules are seen as a way of fighting the use of the phrase “Polish death camps,” which many say implies the country's involvement in the Holocaust.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was to pay a visit to Warsaw on Monday to hold talks on the next EU budget, migration and military and energy issues.
The new Polish anti-defamation law could also be broached during talks between Merkel and Polish leaders, according to reports.
Public broadcaster Polish Radio has launched a new website, GermanDeathCamps.info, aimed at debunking misconceptions about Poland’s role in the Holocaust.