Polish PM Accuses Netflix Doc ‘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

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland sent a letter written to Netflix on Sunday objecting to a map shown in the new documentary series, "The Devil Next Door", arguing that he suggests that Poland was responsible for Nazi-led concentration camps.

The PM said that the documentary about John Demjanjuk, a sadistic guard at the Treblinka German Nazi death camp also failed to make it clear that the camps were set up and operated by Germans.

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.

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

He wrote the letter yesterday and published it on his Facebook page today.

He added: "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 prime minister went on to express the "terrible mistake" was "committed unintentionally" and said he hoped the streaming platform would either modify the series or inform viewers about the apparent error.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for comment, but a company spokesperson told Reuters, "We are aware of the concerns regarding The Devil Next Door and are urgently looking into the matter".

Poland is understandably sensitive to suggestions that it might share any complicity in the horrific Nazi crimes committed on its territory.

The European Union member lurched into the worldwide spotlight a year ago after its nationalist ruling Law & Justice party outlawed the phrase "Polish death camps".

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