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jakiw palij stretcher
Deported
Nazi guard Jakiw Palij in a stretcher in Dusseldorf on
Tuesday.

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Karadshow/Josef Frank Weiser


  • The Polish embassy to the US criticized Fox News over
    its coverage of a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp
    guard the US deported on Tuesday.
  • The embassy apparently took issue with a chyron on Fox
    News that said, “Palij was a Nazi guard at a Polish death
    camp.”
  • It’s true Poland was occupied by Germany during the war
    and it’s inaccurate to describe Nazi concentration camps as
    “Polish.”
  • But historians also say it’s misleading to contend
    Poland was not at all complicit in the Holocaust.

The Polish embassy to the US on Tuesday criticized Fox News over
its coverage of a 95-year-old former Nazi
concentration camp guard who was
deported from the US
.

Jakiw Palij worked at the Trawniki labor camp in German-occupied
Poland during World War II, where thousands of Jews were
murdered. On November 3, 1943, SS and police units massacred at
least 6,000 Jewish inmates of Trawniki and a nearby subcamp,
according to the
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
.

Palij, who had been living in Queens, New York, for years, was
deported to Düsseldorf, Germany, on Tuesday.

The Polish embassy apparently took issue with a chyron on Fox
News that read: “Palij was a Nazi guard at a Polish death camp.”

In a tweet, the embassy said, “[Fox News] we appreciate your
reporting on yet another war time criminal rightfully being
brought to justice. However please DO NOT mislead your viewers by
rewriting history #Trawniki Labor Camp was a
#GermanNazi
camp in occupied Poland.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s true Poland was occupied by Germany during the war and it’s
inaccurate to describe Nazi concentration camps as “Polish.”

But historians also say it’s misleading to contend or suggest
Poland was not at all complicit in the Holocaust, given the
significant number of Poles who collaborated with the Nazis.


Edna Friedberg
, a historian at the US Holocaust Memorial
Museum, wrote for The Atlantic:

“Poland was the victim of German aggression, suffering one of the
most brutal occupation regimes among countries in the Nazi orbit.
Despite severe penalties, more Christian Poles have been
recognized as Righteous Among the Nations–those who risked their
lives to aid Jews–than citizens of any other country in Europe.
But many others supported and enabled Germany in its campaign to
exterminate the Jews.”

During the war, for example, thousands of Polish policemen helped
the Nazis guard ghettos where Jews were held before being
deported to their deaths.

Poland was the site of all six “death camps” or “extermination
camps” during World War II, where it’s estimated the Nazis
murdered 3.5
million Jews
.

Over the course of the Holocaust, it’s estimated that 6 million
Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, which
included Poles, according
to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
. Among those killed were
3 million Polish Jews — 90% of
the pre-war population.

The Nazis also killed millions of other civilians and disarmed
soldiers, including political dissidents, homosexuals, Gypsies,
and Soviet prisoners, among others.

Earlier this year, the Polish government was accused of
attempting to
rewrite the history
of Poland’s role in the Holocaust after
it passed
a law
making it illegal to accuse the country of complicity
in Nazi crimes. The law called for violators to be punished with
a fine or up to three years in prison.

The legislation was widely criticized, including by the US
government and Israel, and the Polish government
amended the law
in June to remove criminal penalties for
violators.

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