His­tory oblit­er­ated

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

The use of the term “Pol­ish death camps” in re­la­tion to the Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps set up on Pol­ish soil is mis­lead­ing short­hand (Let­ters, 9/2). The camps were set up and run by the Ger­man Reich and the cor­rect term is “Nazi death camps in Poland”.

How­ever, new leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by Poland’s Law and Jus­tice Party crim­i­nal­is­ing any­one who states that there was ac­tive Pol­ish in­volve­ment in Nazi crimes in Poland, seeks to oblit­er­ate the facts of his­tory. There was sig­nif­i­cant col­lab­o­ra­tion by the Pol­ish peo­ple in de­liv­er­ing their Pol­ish Jewish neigh­bours up to the Gestapo. My own par­ents and grand­par­ents were served up in this way by ac­quain­tances, who led the Nazis to their doors. As a re­sult of these be­tray­als, they were herded into the Lodz Ghetto then onto Sachen­hausen and Ravens­bruck and Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camps.

Ge­orge Green­berg, Malvern, Vic

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