WARSAW, 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. 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.