Sunday, July 24, 2016

Poland: German television series sued for scenes depicting Polish anti-Semitism during WWII

Via Romea:
The Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports that on 18 July the civil trial began at a court in Kraków of the producers of a German television series set during the Second World War and German television station ZDF. A Polish veterans' association and Zbigniew Radlowski, now 92 years old, who was a Polish resistance fighter during the war, have sued the producers of the television program over scenes depicting Polish anti-Semitism.

The plaintiffs are demanding that an apology be broadcast by all television stations that have shown the series and are also demanding compensation in the amount of 25 000  złoty (approximately EUR 6 000). "I was outraged, I consider the film to be a falsification," testified Radlowski, who participated in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and was imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp.

"I had the feeling the creators of the program are doing their best to place some of the blame for the Holocaust on the Poles," Radlowski told the court. His attorney, Monika Brzozowska, highlighted particular scenes that give the impression that Polish people sold food to resistance fighters from the Home Army on the condition that none of it be given to Jewish people.

In another scene, Home Army soldiers attack a train transporting prisoners but do not free them "because they are Jews, and those are worse than the Communists". The plaintiffs believe the series should include a warning prior to each broadcast as to who was to blame for the Holocaust.

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