Prime Minister Beata Szydlo's cabinet has approved on Tuesday a new bill forbidding using phrases like “Polish death camps” to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during the Second World War.
The draft legislation foresees prison terms of up to three years for offenders. "The new provisions penalize these insulting terms, which undermine Poland's reputation,"
a government statement said.
The bill, which was under discussion for several months, is now expected to pass through parliament, where the Law and Justice (PiS) has majorities. Then it will be signed into law by President, Andrzej Duda.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said the three-year prison terms would be reserved for those "who intentionally slander Poland's good name by using terms like 'Polish death camps' or 'Polish concentration camps.'"
Those who use such language unintentionally will face lesser punishments, including fines.
The bill aims to deal with a problem the Polish government has faced for years when foreign media outlets referring to the Nazi camps as Polish."Poles' blood boils when they read, including in the German media, that there were 'Polish death camps,'"
Ziobro told reporters on Tuesday.
Also, according to the AFP news agency, the Auschwitz Museum has launched a "text corrector"
application for Microsoft Word and Apple text editors which help writers to avoid referring to Nazi German death camps as "Polish."