Poland asks Netflix to make modifications to documentary about Nazi loss of life camp guard

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WARSAW (Information) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix, the U.S. streaming and manufacturing firm, to make modifications to a documentary that features a map exhibiting Nazi loss of life camps contained in the borders of recent Poland.

FILE PHOTO: Convicted Nazi loss of life camp guard John Demjanjuk leaves a courtroom after his the decision in Munich on Might 12, 2011. Information/Michael Dalder/

The camps had been constructed by the Nazis on Polish soil throughout their brutal occupation of Poland in World Battle Two, however the map used within the documentary, Morawiecki stated, implied that Poland existed at the moment as an impartial nation inside its postwar borders and thus may share duty for the atrocities.

The map seems in a Netflix documentary collection entitled “The Satan Subsequent Door” that chronicles the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. carworker convicted by a German court docket in 2011 of getting been a Nazi loss of life camp guard throughout the conflict.

“There isn’t any remark or any clarification in anyway that these websites (on the map) had been German-operated,” Morawiecki stated in a letter to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, dated Nov. 10 and printed on the prime minister’s Fb web page on Monday.

“As my nation didn’t even exist at the moment as an impartial state, and tens of millions of Poles had been murdered at these websites, this component of “The Satan Subsequent Door” is nothing wanting rewriting historical past,” he stated.

Morawiecki stated he believed the error was unintentional and that the corporate would swiftly right it, both by modifying the map or offering additional clarification to viewers.

Requested concerning the difficulty, a Netflix spokesperson advised Information: “We’re conscious of the considerations relating to “The Satan Subsequent Door” and are urgently wanting into the matter.”

Poland may be very delicate to strategies that it would share any complicity in Nazi crimes dedicated on its territory.

The ruling nationalist Regulation and Justice occasion (PiS) final yr handed a regulation permitting courts to jail anyone who made such a suggestion, although it later watered down the laws beneath U.S. strain to take away the opportunity of a jail time period.

Poland was house to one of many world’s largest Jewish communities earlier than it was virtually worn out by the Nazis.

Throughout many years of Soviet-imposed communist rule after World Battle Two, Poles had been taught to imagine that, with a number of exceptions, the nation had performed itself honorably throughout a conflict that killed a fifth of the inhabitants.

Many Poles nonetheless refuse to just accept analysis exhibiting that 1000’s of Poles participated within the Holocaust along with the 1000’s who risked their lives to assist the Jews.

A German court docket convicted Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk in 2011 pending attraction as an adjunct to the homicide of 27,000 Jews on the Sobibor loss of life camp in occupied Poland. He died in 2012 in a German nursing house aged 91 earlier than his attraction may very well be heard.

Reporting by Anna Koper; Enhancing by Gareth Jones