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Poland plans prison terms for using term 'Polish death camp'

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo the entrance  with the inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz is pictured at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Oswiecim, Poland. The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II. The Justice Ministry said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved the legislation Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo the entrance with the inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz is pictured at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Oswiecim, Poland. The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II. The Justice Ministry said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved the legislation Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this July 29, 2016, file photo, the entrance to the former Nazi German death camp of Birkenau is lit by the morning sun, in Oswiecim, Poland. The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II. The Justice Ministry said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved the legislation Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)

    FILE- In this July 29, 2016, file photo, the entrance to the former Nazi German death camp of Birkenau is lit by the morning sun, in Oswiecim, Poland. The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II. The Justice Ministry said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved the legislation Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like "Polish death camps" to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II.

The Justice Ministry said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved the legislation Tuesday. It is expected to pass easily in the parliament, where the nationalistic ruling party Law and Justice enjoys a majority.

The bill aims to deal with a problem the Polish government has faced for years: foreign media outlets referring to the Nazi camps as "Polish."

Poles fear that as the war grows more distant younger generations will incorrectly assume that Poles had a role in the death camps.