Monday, April 10, 2006

WJC representative shows lack of logic

We have already written about Poland's request to change the designation of Auschwitz from "Auschwitz Concentration Camp" to "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau".

Now World Jewish Congress chimes in:
Polish request to rename Auschwitz site met with criticism

07 April, 2006

The Polish government's request to change the official name of the "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp" to "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau" has been met with criticism. Maram Stern, deputy secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, said that "they want to redefine history by changing the name". Although the camp had been built and run by Nazi Germany, everybody in the area had known about its existence and workers were recruited from the Polish population in the neighboring village. The government in Warsaw wants the history of Auschwitz, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, to be separated from Polish history and make it clear that Poland had no involvement in the death camp. Officials in Warsaw expect an answer to the renaming request from UNESCO later this year.
Let's be frank here: Mr. Stern's claim is silly. To repeat, the proposed new designation is "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau". This describes the camp absolutely correctly. How can a correct description "redefine history"?

That "everybody in area knew about its existence", etc., does not change the fact that Auschwitz Birkenau was a German Nazi camp.

Really, it's not rocket science, Mr. Stern.

Update: the news item disappeared from the site. It will be available through the Google cache, until it expires.


  1. Just one more case of people pushing the responsibility for the Holocaust on the Poles.

  2. I guess the "camp formerly known as Auschwitz" will be inaugurated by the "Artist formerly known as Prince."

  3. Heheh. Well, for many Poles it's not a joking matter.

    Here are good articles:

  4. Sergey, your links have their tails cut off :)

  5. Oh well. This blog should come with a user's manual ;-)

  6. I think the whole issue of the name is pretty dumb.

    But proprietary semantics are incredibly important since Polish cooperation and selective intransigence is no less important now than in Communist times--otherwise you will have yahoos like Iranian presidents calling for open investigations on Polish soil and the cyanide content of farm houses and such things.

    Can't have that.


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