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April 10, 2013 6:13 pm

Polish Magazine Cover Shows German Chancellor in Concentration Camp

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Cover of Polish magazine Uwazam Rze. Photo: uwazamrze.pl.

A spat between Germany and Poland revolving around World War II-era culpability escalated on Tuesday when a conservative Polish weekly news magazine, Uwazam Rze, published a cover story with an illustration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner, under the headline, “Falsification of History: How the Germans Are Turning Themselves into Victims of the Second World War.”

The hostilities were precipitated by a German mini-series that aired earlier this year. It depicted the roles of ordinary Germans and other groups thought to harbor guilt for the atrocities of the era, but without the moral judgement that has been applied so often in the past.

Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” (“Our Mothers, Our Fathers”) has been attacked particularly viciously by those in the Polish press who claim it not only portrayed Germans as victims, but it falsely represented the roles of Polish resistance fighters.

The show depicted Poles shunning Jewish members and failing to help others heading for Auschwitz. In one scene, a partisan boasts “we drown Jews like rats.”

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Last month Poland’s ambassador to Germany, Jerzy Marganski, protested the series in a letter sent to German public television station ZDF, which broadcast the show.

“The image of Poland and the Polish resistance against the German occupiers as conveyed by this series is perceived by most Poles as extremely unjust and offensive,” Marganski wrote. “I, too, am shocked.”

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  • Michael

    Historically many countries were antisemitic, Britain, Poland, Russia and so on, but of course the victor writes the history so it was mainly blamed on the Germans and Poles of course since the concentration camps were built on their land they have to be guilty of course. . . I’m being sarchastic here, but this is a fact that might come shocking to some all WW2 movies and series are propaganda. I have never seen a serie or a movie portraying what my grandmother and grandfather said what they remembered, their story was in short. Germans were ok, not to bad, the russians were not the liberators they were the pest!, in another village you will here a different story germans were horrible but here is the interesting part, russians were still the worst! you never see that in any history book, well you do but most people cannot add 1+1 so they only get what hollywood is feeding them. Fact is that stalin emptied the russian prison to get cannon fodder for his assault and even the sovjet officers were afraid of their soldiers since they were criminals. rapist, murders etc. So conclussion is All side conducted atrocities some worse than others, but that is war, war brings out the worst in people no matter skin colour height eye color!

  • German antisemitism? Polish antisemitism? Is there a difference? Probably not….

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