Poland Wants To Buy Site Of WWII Nazi Death Camp In Austria

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki commemorate the victims of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau at the Auschwitz Monument inside the camp in Oswiecim, Germany, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Merkel visit the former death camp in occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Auschwitz Foundation. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister said Friday his government wants to buy from Austria the site of the former Nazi German death camp Mauthausen-Gusen where tens of thousands of Poles were killed during World War II.

    Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said the intention is to preserve the memory of some 120,000 of the camp’s victims, who included many Polish intellectuals.

    Set up in 1938 in Austria, Mauthausen-Gusen was the first death camp that Nazi Germany operated in a country that it had occupied. Until its liberation by Allied troops in 1945, some 335,000 people had been held there in conditions that led to massive deaths. The inmates included critics of Nazism, communists, homosexuals, Polish intellectuals, Spaniards and Russian POWs.

    Poland’s history-minded government says that contemporary housing developments and business firms that cover a part of the site do not befit its nature. Warsaw has offered to buy the site from Austria in order to preserve it for history, Morawiecki said, but did not explain how the purchase could be carried out.

    “We cannot allow this site of a former annihilation camp to be turned into some site not worth memorializing,” Morawiecki said.

    Morawiecki spoke at another former Nazi German death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the first ever visit there of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nazi Germany built Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland in 1940 and until 1945 killed some 1.1 million people there, mostly Europe’s Jews.

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    3 COMMENTS

    1. The reason Poland wants to buy Mathausen is simple: Poland’s revisionist historians have painted the Pollakin yemach shemam (with some very limited exceptions of righteous) as victims rather than willing accomplices of the Nazis (evidenced by most of the extermination camps being located in Poland). Poland wants to preserve Matthausen to show that there were extermination camps in other countries as well, that killing jews was not unique to Poland. Luhz zay allah liggin in drehrd.

    2. “The inmates included critics of Nazism, communists, homosexuals, Polish intellectuals, Spaniards and Russian POWs.”
      But no Jews? My mother’s brother was murdered there. We even have his death certificate that the yemach shemoiniks wrote up.

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