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Polish Prime Minister Demands Netflix Fixes Mistake In The Devil Next Door Documentary

Polish Prime Minister Demands Netflix Fixes Mistake In The Devil Next Door Documentary

A politician is demanding that Netflix should make changes to one of its documentaries, which showed the grounds of a Nazi death camp inside the borders of modern day Poland.

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The Devil Next Door tells the story of John Demjanjuk, a retired US car worker who was convicted in 2011 after it was found he had been a Nazi guard.

However, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says the map used in the film implies his country was somehow complicit in the German atrocities of World War Two.

He has now demanded that the streaming service rectify the mistake as the extermination camp was built on Polish land by Nazi forces and Poland did not even exist at the time.

Mr Morawiecki says the error insinuates the Polish people had a hand in the deaths of prisoners.

The Polish prime minister has demanded Netflix correct the mistake. Credit: PA
The Polish prime minister has demanded Netflix correct the mistake. Credit: PA
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In a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Mr Morawiecki said: "Six million of our citizens - Polish, Jewish, and many other ethnicities - fell victim to the German Nazi regime of terror. Many were murdered for trying to save their Jewish neighbours.

"Poland was the only Nazi-occupied country where one faced the death penalty for hiding Jews, aiding them in any way, or merely for refusing to turn them into the German authorities.

"We must honour the memory and preserve the truth about World War Two and the Holocaust, one of the most horrific genocides in history.

"There is no comment or any explanation whatsoever that these sites (on the map) were German-operated."

The map of how Europe looked at the time, shared by Mateusz Morawiecki. Credit: Facebook
The map of how Europe looked at the time, shared by Mateusz Morawiecki. Credit: Facebook

The letter was published on the Prime Minister's Facebook page. It went on: "Not only is the map incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps, and for committing the crimes therein.

"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.

"I believe that this error has been made unintentionally - and I am hoping that you will be able to correct it as soon as possible - by modifying said map or otherwise informing the audience of the error."

Responding to the concerns raised by Mr Morawiecki, a spokesperson for Netflix told Reuters: "We are aware of the concerns regarding The Devil Next Door and are urgently looking into the matter."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, Interesting, History, World War Two, US Entertainment, Netflix, Poland

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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