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Petition against "Polish concentration camps"

3rd November 2010
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The Polish-American Kosciuszko Foundation has launched a petition demanding that leading American news sources use the term “German concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland.”

The foundation has reacted to the use by certain American publications of the terms “Polish concentration camp” and “Polish death camp” to describe extermination camps built in Poland by Nazi Germany during WWII.

Using these terms, the foundation wrote on its website, “confuses impressionable and undereducated readers, leading them to believe that the Holocaust was executed by Poland, rather than Nazi Germany.”

Over 11,000 people have already signed the online petition (accessible here) – including such prominent figures as former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, Ambassador of Poland to the US Robert Kupiecki, Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and British historian Norman Davies.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the Associated Press are all specifically asked by the Kosciuszko Foundatio to indicate in their stylebooks that news stories must be historically accurate and use correct terminology.

The petition follows a recent outcry at the use of the term “Polish concentration camp” in both a recent obituary by The New York Times and in an August article written for the The Wall Street Journal.


From Warsaw Business Journal by Alice Trudelle


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