‘Polish death camp’ resurfaces in German media

The main gate of the Theresienstadt Nazi German concentration camp. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Shiva

The German “Augsburger Allgemeine” daily called Theresienstadt a “Polish death camp” despite the fact that it was established by Nazi Germans on Czech territory.

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The article about the Theresienstadt concentration camp was published on the daily’s website on Saturday. The text covers the history of Augsburg Jewish communes and how “56 Jews were deported by the police in 1942 to the Polish death camp and to Theresienstadt,” disregarding the fact that the Theresienstadt death camp was established by the Nazi Germans in the northern parts of German-occupied Czechoslovakia.

The spokesperson for the Polish embassy in Germany Dariusz Pawłoś told Polish Radio that the diplomatic mission would immediately intervene in the matter and address a letter to the daily’s editor.

Mr Pawłoś also said that “time and again we must express our significant disenchantment and bitterness regarding German media that so falsely, and indeed fallaciously, inform about Nazi German camps in the territory of occupied Poland.”

Czechoslovakia collapsed on March 15, 1939, under Nazi German influence that goaded Slovakia to break away and form an independent Slovak Republic. The rest of the territory fell under Nazi German control and came to be known as Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. This territory, just like the Polish occupied territories, saw Nazi Germans build concentration and death camps where hundreds of thousand Jews were systematically exterminated by the occupiers.