Polish Magazine Cover Shows German Chancellor in Concentration Camp

By Zach Pontz

Cover of Polish magazine Uwazam Rze. Photo: uwazamrze.pl.

A spat between Germany and Poland revolving around World War II-era  culpability escalated on Tuesday when a conservative Polish weekly news  magazine, Uwazam Rze, published a cover story with an illustration of German Chancellor  Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner, under the headline,  “Falsification of  History: How the Germans Are Turning Themselves into  Victims of the  Second World War.”
The hostilities were precipitated by a German mini-series that aired earlier this year. It depicted the roles of ordinary Germans and other groups thought to harbor guilt for the atrocities of the era, but without the moral  judgement that has been applied so often in the past.
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” (“Our Mothers, Our Fathers”) has been attacked particularly viciously by those in the Polish press who claim it not only portrayed Germans as victims, but it falsely represented the roles of Polish  resistance fighters.
The show depicted Poles shunning  Jewish members and failing to help others  heading for Auschwitz. In one scene, a partisan boasts “we drown Jews like rats.”
Last month Poland’s ambassador to Germany, Jerzy Marganski, protested the  series in a letter sent to German  public television station ZDF, which broadcast the show.
“The image of Poland and the Polish  resistance against the  German occupiers as conveyed by this series is  perceived by most Poles  as extremely unjust and offensive,” Marganski  wrote. “I, too, am  shocked.”
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