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Poland's Role In the Death Camps

Wednesday, September 29, 2004; Page A26

While the ambassador of Poland is correct that German Nazis built the concentration camps in Poland, his Sept. 22 letter, "Germany's Camp, Not Poland's," nevertheless reflects a historical inaccuracy in suggesting that Poland bore no responsibility for what transpired on Polish territory.

A large percentage of people who worked in the death camps and assisted the Germans in their murderous plans were Poles -- without whose assistance the Germans would never have been able to kill as many people as they did in such a short time.

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There are many things Poles can do to build a better country where the sad events of the past won't be repeated. Rewriting history is not one of them.



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