The Camps Were Not Poland's

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The March 15 Magazine article "The Interpreter" referred to "extermination camps of Poland" and "death camps in Poland." This is the second time in about a month that The Post has used such unfortunate terminology [Free for All, Feb. 14].

The terms suggest an unacceptable distortion of Poland's recent and tragic history and lead to confusion. There were never any "extermination camps of Poland," only German Nazi death camps in occupied Poland. I believe that the terms unintentionally imply that the camps were a responsibility of the Poles. Poland was never an ally of Nazi Germany and never had any collaborative regime. Between 1939 and 1945 Nazi Germany occupied Poland.

I submit that the appropriate step is for your stylebook to insist that the camps be clearly identified as run by the German Nazis in occupied Poland.

-- Robert Kupiecki


The writer is Poland's ambassador to the United States.

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