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Warsaw seeks jail time for ‘Polish’ death camps term

Poland’s right-wing government on Tuesday says it will seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

A legislative amendment to approve the proposal has to be approved by parliament and signed by the president, but a green light is expected from both.

“The new provisions penalize these insulting terms, which undermine Poland’s reputation,” a government statement says.

Polish officials routinely request corrections when global media or politicians describe as “Polish” former death camps like Auschwitz.

“Poles’ blood boils when they read, including in the German media, that there were ‘Polish death camps,’ Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro tells reporters on Tuesday.

AFP, Times of Israel staff

The railway track leading to the infamous ‘Death Gate’ at the Auschwitz II Birkenau extermination camp on November 13, 2014, in Oswiecim, Poland. (JTA/Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The railway track leading to the infamous ‘Death Gate’ at the Auschwitz II Birkenau extermination camp on November 13, 2014, in Oswiecim, Poland. (JTA/Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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