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.