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Poland seeks name change for Auschwitz.

// News about the Poland's intention in changing the name of Auschwitz.

The government in Warsaw is anxious that the grim history of the Auschwitz site, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, is not linked to Poles or Poland because this death camp was built and run by Nazi Germany. So, Poland wants United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, to change the official name from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the Culture Ministry spokesman Jan Kasprzyk said.

Polish officials have complained in the past the way foreign media sometimes refer to Auschwitz. For instance, the German newspaper Der Spiegel this week called the camp Polish, prompting anger in Warsaw.

The proposed change in the name leaves no doubt as to what the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was, Kasprzyk said. He said Poland's government, led by Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, expects an answer from the UNESCO, by the middle of the year. The death camp at Auschwitz was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

March 31, 2006

ABC News

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