Poland presses Netflix to amend documentary about Nazi death-camp guard

November 13, 2019 by JNS
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix to make changes to a documentary about a Nazi death-camp guard that includes a map highlighting Nazi concentration and death camps inside modern Poland.

John Demjanjuk’s supposed Nazi ID card from Trawniki, which trial experts said appeared to be authentic. Later investigation called authenticity into question, when it was said to be a KGB forgery, 1943. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Morawiecki said the map suggests that Poland was an independent nation and therefore should be equally blamed with the Nazis for the Holocaust.

“There is no comment or any explanation whatsoever that these sites [on the map] were German-operated,” wrote Morawiecki in a letter dated Nov. 10 and posted on the prime minister’s Facebook page on Monday, to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. “As my country did not even exist at that time as an independent state, and millions of Poles were murdered at these sites, this element of “The Devil Next Door” is nothing short of rewriting history.”

The documentary, “The Devil Next Door,” tells the story about retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk, who was convicted in 2011 by a German court for being a Nazi death-camp guard during the Holocaust.

A Netflix spokesperson told Reuters, “We are aware of the concerns regarding “The Devil Next Door” and are urgently looking into the matter.”


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