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'Polish' war camp in occupied land

Published 14/09/2015

I am writing regarding the letter to the Belfast Telegraph, published in its online edition on July 28, 2015, "Letters: Troubles victims deserving of a special pension". I would like to draw your attention to the phrase "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland", used in the first paragraph of the letter.

Such a phrase is inaccurate as during the Second World War, Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany and the USSR. Consequently, the concentration camp you are referring to was not "in Poland" but rather on the German-occupied Polish territories.

I hope that you would agree with me that it is an important distinction, as without making it, one runs the risk of distorting the historical truth about some of the most horrific crimes perpetrated in the 20th century.

The following phrasing: 'Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Nazi German-occupied Poland' might be a worthwhile alternative.

Kaja Kaźmierska

Embassy of the Republic of Poland


Belfast Telegraph

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