AUSCHWITZ HORROR CAMP IS RENAMED
Thursday June 28,2007
THE notorious Auschwitz concentration camp is to be renamed, after a campaign to make it clear that the death centre was established and run by Germans, not by Poles.
The Polish government announced yesterday that Unesco " the UN's cultural arm " has accepted its request for a change of name.
Poland has asked that Auschwitz and the linked Birkenau camp should become the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Death Camp in the UN list of World Heritage sites.
Its Culture Minister Kazimierz Ujazdowski said: "Unesco has made a decision as a result of Poland's request to change the name to reflect the historical truth. This is a victory for truth."
Warsaw formally asked for a name change last year. Israel backed the plan after initial reservations.
Up to 1.5million people - Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the disabled, political prisoners and followers of faiths -were killed in the camp during the Second World War.
Poland has long fought against accusations by some Jewish and Western commentators that Poles were willing Nazi helpers.