The Polish Prime Minister Demands Netflix Change the Treblinka Death Camp Map in “Devil Next Door” series
Here is the explanation..
The series tells the story of the hunt for Nazi death camp operator Ivan the Terrible, who worked at Treblinka.
Throughout the Netflix docu-series The Devil Next Door, a map is shown of the Nazi German death camp Treblinka. The location is marked with a small skull and crossbones just inside the border of Poland.
The series tracks the investigation to find Ivan the Terrible, a sadistic guard who worked at Treblinka and Sobibor.
Now, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has issued a statement demanding Netflix change their map, objecting to the fact that it “places several German Nazi concentration camps within modern-day Poland’s borders.”
“There is no comment or any explanation whatsoever that these sites were German-operated. Not only is the map incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps, and for committing the crimes therein,” Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a letter of complaint addressed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and posted on Facebook in Polish and English.
The point of contention is, that the map shows the current borders of Poland—not the borders which were in place during the time Treblinka was being operated following the German annexation of Poland in 1939. As this map from the Holocaust Memorial Museum indicates more clearly, the death camp, which was operated by Nazi Germans, was located in occupied Poland.
The series is about the decades-long postwar trial of John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian guard who earned the nickname “Ivan the Terrible” at the Treblinka death camp.
In one episode, a map is shown detailing where Nazi camps were located in modern Poland, which according to the letter from Morawiecki to CEO Reed Hastings does not reflect the true nature of these places, created and run by the Germans during the war.
Those concentration camps were created by the Germans while Poland was occupied by the German Nazis, run by them, and the Poles had nothing to do with it.’ ”
Polish politicians demand the usage of terms such as Nazi-occupied Poland to emphasize that Poland did not set up the concentration camps.
The letter said that “6 million of our citizens — Polish, Jewish and many other ethnicities — fell victim to the German Nazi regime of terror.”
Historian Marcin Zaremba in his book “Great Fear” discussed how the communist Polish authorities falsified the number of ethnic Polish victims in order to “elevate it to the Jewish level.”
Morawiecki also said that “Poland was the only Nazi-occupied country, where one faced the death penalty for hiding Jews“.
The prime minister emphasized in the letter that the map used in the Netflix series is “not only incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps, and for committing the crimes therein.”
Morawiecki expressed the hope that Netflix will fix the error “as soon as possible.”
The map used in the series comes from British press materials from 1985.
In 2018, Poland introduced an amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance that made it a crime to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust punishable by up to three years in prison. However, under pressure from from jewish and ukrainian lobbies this amendment later scrapped the prison sentence.( Admin)
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