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The term 'Polish concentration camp ' is offensive and incorrect.  The German Nazis...

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user1003126 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM via web

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The term 'Polish concentration camp ' is offensive and incorrect.  The German Nazis established the 'concentration camps' on occupied Polish soil. The camps were not Polish as implied by the comment. Please correct the error.

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StephanieRR | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM (Answer #1)

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I will bring this comment to the attention of an eNotes editor. It could be that when the person wrote "The Polish concentration camp" they were simply thinking of the camp's location rather than the people responsible for putting it there. Auschwitz was a Polish concentration camp in the basic sense that it was a concentration camp set up in Nazi-occupied Poland. It was used to hold Polish prisoners of war before the Nazis turned it into a death camp. Still, if there is a possibility of a misunderstanding in such a sensitive historical subject, there might be a better way of phrasing it. I will see what can be done.

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Jessica Gardner | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM (Answer #2)

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Hi, 

StephanieRR is correct in her explanation that the term "Polish concentration camp" simply refers to the geographic location of Auschwitz. However, I will look into editing our study guide accordingly so as to eliminate any confusion on that point.

Thank you for your feedback! 

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user1003126 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM (Answer #3)

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Stephanie, I understand what you said. And the clarification that it was a German Nazi camp is correct. To Jessica a Polish camp is that, implying it was Polish. When the reference uses German Nazi it correctes the error and leave no doubt to who established and ran the camps/ghettos/death camps etc.  I am  Moderator on Polish Media Issues and we battle this terminalogy every day. A correction to the style guide would preclude any further mistakes.  Appreciate your help on this issue.

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM (Reply #1)

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Thanks for pointing out the issue. We made this correction on the page.

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