Camp not Pol­ish

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

In The Scots­man of Wed­nes­day 7 November a re­port on the start of a trial of a “for­mer SS man” was printed. I feel it was po­ten­tially ex­ceed­ingly mis­lead­ing to de­scribe the al­leged crimes as hav­ing taken place at a “Pol­ish death camp”.

This was not a Pol­ish camp, but a camp built on the soil of a coun­try that had been in­vaded by the Ger­mans and, later, the Rus­sians; was over­run and bru­talised; and ef­fec­tively par­ti­tioned yet again by her neigh­bours only 20 years af­ter re­gain­ing her in­de­pen­dence as a na­tion fol­low­ing count­less decades of forced par­ti­tion and re­pres­sion.

It would, in my opin­ion, be best to re­fer to such places as “Nazi camps”.


Eskbank Road Dalkeith, Mid­loth­ian

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