‘Words matter, dear CNN’ — Polish ambassador protests over “Polish concentration camps” jibe

Polish Ambassador to the US Marek Magierowski. (Source: Wikipedia)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Poland’s Ambassador to the United States Marek Magierowski has protested CNN’s mentioning of “Polish concentration camps” in its material on the plight of Ukrainian refugees.

In its coverage of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. broadcaster showed interviews with Jewish families in Poland who had opened their homes to Ukrainians seeking refuge.

Those interviewed by CNN told the reporter about their families’ plight during World War II with some of their relatives having gone to concentration camps which in the material is referred to as “Polish concentration camps.”

“In the chaos of World War II, Zofia Poznańska became separated from her husband and child and the Nazis murdered her in Treblinka. Of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, around half were killed in Polish concentration camps,” the reporter tells viewers.

“You would not call Bucha a ‘Ukrainian massacre’ or Srebrenica as a ‘Bosnian massacre,’” the Ambassador raged at the news outlet on his social media platforms. “Those were German Nazi camps in German-occupied Poland,” he added, correcting the media outlet.

A few days ago, the Anti-Polonism Monitoring Center (AMC) reported on its social media accounts a CNN interview with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The journalist conducting the interview said that there had been pogroms in Poland and concentration camps and asked if the present Polish actions to help Ukraine were a part of righting those wrongs. 

Duda told her that “in 1939, Germany occupied Poland and built concentration camps in which they killed Jews and that in occupied Poland the penalty for helping Jews was death.”

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