Israel against using term ‘Polish death camps’

Israel is opposed to the use of the term “Polish death camps” to describe the Nazi concentration camps set up in occupied Poland during World War II such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Sobibor, Jerusalem made clear in a joint statement issued with the Polish government following high level talks on Tuesday.

The issue is very sensitive to the current Polish government, which initiated legislation over the summer that would penalize anyone using the term with up to three years in prison. The Poles maintain that calling the concentration camps on their soil “Polish death camps,” rather than terms such as “Nazi death camps set up in occupied Poland,” whitewashes German responsibility, and places it on their shoulders.


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