Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New name for Auschwitz concentration camp

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, debating in New Zealand, decided to change the name of the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau facilities.

From now on the name of the camp is 'Auschwitz-Birkenau. German Nazi concentration and holocaust camp 1940–1945'.

The committee thus accepted the proposal presented by the Polish government and submitted by the Department of Polish Culture.

The issue of a need to change of the previous name was raised last year, in reaction to the frequent distortions appearing especially in the foreign media, insinuating or event blatantly calling the former Nazi concentration camps 'Polish death camps'.

The spokesman for the ministry if culture stressed that UNESCO’s decision is a very important step on the way to historical truth and will give Poland more power to fight the lies about Auschwitz. (mo)