In an attempt to deflect Polish culpability of the death of Jews during the Holocaust, Poland has banned the use of the phrase “Polish death camps.”
Poland is planning to adopt a law to punish people who use the phrase “Polish death camps” in relation to Nazi concentration camps in German-occupied Poland during World War II.
Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro declared on a radio channel that his bill would “meet the expectations of Poles, who are accused around the world, in Europe, even in Germany, that they are the perpetrators of the Holocaust; that in Poland there are ‘Polish concentration camps’, ‘Polish gas chambers’.”
“Enough with the lies! Someone must be made responsible,” Ziobro added, explaining that at the beginning of this week the deputy justice minister would present the draft bill.
The use of the term “Polish concentration camp” by international media outlets has sparked numerous complaints from Poland in recent years, prompting some news agencies to change their style guidelines.
In 2007, following a Polish request, the World Heritage Committee attempted to clarify the matter by listing the Auschwitz camp as a “German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp.”