Obama reference to `Polish death camp` faulted

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:40

Washington: US President Barack Obama`s reference to a "Polish death camp" while honouring a Polish war hero is drawing complaints from a Polish cultural organisation.

Obama made the remark yesterday while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II.

Obama noted Karski had been smuggled "into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp" to check out reports that Jews were being murdered.

Alex Storozynski, president of the Kosciuszko Foundation, said Obama should have called it a "German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland”.

Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said Obama was "referring to Nazi death camps operated in Poland”. He said the President has demonstrated "rock-solid commitment" to the US alliance with Poland.


First Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:40

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