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Polish PC: Rename Auschwitz, "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau"

You forgot Germany. It seems that Poland would like to officially change the U.N. world heritage directory listing for Auschwitz so that people understand it was run by the Nazis from Germany and not by Poland, its geographical host.

The government requested that UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational and cultural body, change the name from “Auschwitz Concentration Camp” to “Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau,” Culture Ministry spokesman Jan Kasprzyk said.
Polish officials have complained in the past that foreign media sometimes refer to Auschwitz — a death camp located in occupied Poland where Nazi Germans killed 1.5 million people during World War II — as a “Polish concentration camp.”
That phrasing deeply offends sensitivities in Poland, which was subjected to a brutal occupation by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi forces.”

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  1. Germany annexed western Poland. On the German maps of the day, they renamed all the cities in the area, and it was Germany. Auschwitz is a German name for the Polish city Oswiecim. The rest of Poland they controlled was under seperate rule, based in Krakow, called Generalgouvernement für die besetzten polnischen Gebiete, General government for the occupied Polish areas.

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