July 16, 2006
THE United Nations has agreed to rename Auschwitz concentration
to stress that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible
world's most notorious death camp, Poland's Culture
"Auschwitz Concentration Camp", a UN heritage site, will
renamed "the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz",
the ministry of culture said in a statement.
Poland asked the UN in April to rename Auschwitz, where 1.5 million
people, mostly Jews, died in World War Two.
objects to references to "Polish gas chambers" at
concentration camp" in foreign media.
Nearly 3 million non-Jewish Poles died at Nazi hands,
and Poles see
themselves as victims of the war.
Because of this image, the role of Poles in the deaths
of Polish Jews, and at Auschwitz, is a sore topic.
This month, Jewish and Polish officials marked anniversaries
massacres of Jews carried out by Poles before and after
Two, and some accounts say Poles assisted the Nazis
where 6,000 died every day during 1944.
But Poles say their fellow nationals risked their lives
Jews. Poles are the largest group awarded Israel's
the Nations title for helping to save Jews.
Some Jews were angered that Poland's communist government
Auschwitz as a place of martyrdom of Poles, too, in
the 1940s and
Poles, Gypsies, homosexuals and Russians also died
at the camp.