A Student of History

July 14, 2006

What’s in a name?

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 4:01 am

In a very tidy example of how the present seeks to shape the past, we get this:

The United Nations has agreed to rename Auschwitz concentration camp to stress that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible for the world’s most notorious death camp, Poland’s Culture Ministry said on Wednesday.  “Auschwitz Concentration Camp”, a U.N. heritage site, will be renamed “the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz”, the ministry of culture said in a statement.

In this case, I see the Poles’ point of view.  There is nothing I have read to show that Poles were involved in the death camps as far as thier operation, so the desire to be untainted seems to be a logical one.  But why does Poland need to get the UN’s OK on this?

The rest of the brief article is here.

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