Polish PM accuses Netflix documentary The Devil Next Door of 'rewriting history'

John Demjanjuk in Israel's Supreme Court in 1991. Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court for serving as a Nazi death camp guard

John Demjanjuk in Israel's Supreme Court in 1991. Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court for serving as a Nazi death camp guard

Poland's prime minister has written a letter to the streaming company Netflix insisting on changes to a documentary about the Nazi death camps.

Last year, Poland introduced laws criminalising language implying Polish responsibility for the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany.

Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel in the 1980s, where he was accused by multiple Holocaust survivors of being the Nazi war criminal responsible for the murder of thousands of Jews at the concentration camp in occupied Poland.

Asked about the issue, a Netflix spokesperson told Reuters: 'We are aware of the concerns regarding The Devil Next Door and are urgently looking into the matter'.

Morawiecki called out Netflix for what he called "a bad mistake" in the five-part series. The show focuses on John Demjanjuk, a retired Ford Motor Co. auto mechanic who was stripped of his USA citizenship and convicted by a German criminal court for aiding in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.

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A map shown in the first episode depicts modern-day Polish boundaries, labeled "Poland", with geographical markers for death camps such as Sobibor and Treblinka, sites where Demjanjuk is said to have worked.

The Polish camps were indeed built by the Nazis during the German occupation and while many Poles risked their lives to help Jews, others participated in the Holocaust themselves - a fact confirmed by Holocaust historians, but which many Poles do not accept and which Morawiecki seems to have left out of his letter.

"No longer handiest is the scheme unsuitable but it deceives viewers into pondering Poland became once accountable for establishing and affirming these camps, and for committing the crimes therein", wrote the highest minister.

"Today, we still owe this truth to the victims of World War II", Morawiecki concluded.

Morawiecki enclosed a 1942 map in the letter, which was backed by a comment from the Auschwitz Memorial saying that "more accuracy" should have been expected from the production.

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