24 lis 2010

Never again "Polish concentration camps"

EDIT: After your request I will explain it once more.

From time to time in Poland media inform that somewhere in the world somebody wrote about the "Polish concentration camps". During the WW II there wasn't any "Polish concentration camp", on the Polish territory all of them were established by Germans (to be more precise - by the Nazis). "Polish concentration camp" is a very dangerous mental leap because it leaves the impression that Poles created the death factories and killed millions of Jews. We are very sensitive about this issue because we know well how easy is to change the history and teach next generations false facts. For example after the WW II in Polish schools children couldn't learn anything positive about the Polish underground forces (AK). Oficially this topic came back after the democratic transformation.

Now the American Polonia (Polish diaspora) wants to eliminate the term "Polish concentration camps" from the US media. They want to convince the biggest dailies to write in their stylebooks that you should use only the accurate term "German concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland". If you think it's important please help and sign the petition. Many many people did it.

If you're not familiar with the topic of the Nazi camps have a look at the very useful publication of the Auschwitz Memorial. You can download it in many languages. If you live in Poland of course I recommend you to visit at least one camp. Auschwitz-Birkenau is near Kraków and for example Majdanek is in Lublin.

6 komentarzy:

  1. Hi Paulina,

    I don't understand what you are trying to say and I would like to. Can you summarise the initiative?


  2. I totally agree. They were German concentration camps, built by Germans, run by Germans. I commented on this in my own blog recently: http://poland.leonkonieczny.com/blog/?p=212

  3. Thank you for writing about the issue of wrongly referring to the Nazi extermination programme in German occupied Poland. As the moderator of the Polish media issues group, I have help take part in around 500 corrections in just 5.5 years. Wishing you the greetings of the season.

  4. Leon and Jan - thank you for introducing me your websites.

  5. i am from us 45yrs old. all my life i knew the holocaust was from germany alone(learned about italy and middle east 25 years later and im pretty damn smart, in fact i think the highest murder rate was in city in holland and was 131k in a single city... mass murder was in almost every country, and i never heard one thing bad AT ALL of poland except the now EU could have stopped the war in its tracks when he broke a treaty to annex austria and captured poland in like 2 days, before he built the rockets and brought out the 2 largest battleships ever seen, poland was captured and enslaved to do forced labor, poland will never be seen as anything but victims in my country...i wanna marry a certain girl from poland, a good heart, i wish to meet her one day