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ADL Urges UNESCO to Ensure That Auschwitz Is Designated As "German" Camp

New York, NY, April 10, 2006 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has expressed support for the government of Poland's ongoing efforts to ensure that the official name of the Auschwitz death camp, as recorded on UNESCO's World Heritage site registry, emphasizes that the camp was built and operated by Nazi Germany.

 "We share Poland's concerns over the frequent description of Auschwitz as a 'Polish' camp, since this seems to imply that the camp was built in the name of the Polish people," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor.  "Auschwitz stands as a monument to the barbarity of Nazi Germany.  In the interest of historical truth and accuracy, the site should be officially designated as a former Nazi German extermination camp."

In a letter to Koichiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, ADL urged that the UNESCO World Heritage List officially refer to the Auschwitz camp as the "Former Nazi German Extermination Camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau."

"We believe that such a designation, along with an ongoing commitment to preserve the site, will make an important contribution to enshrining the memory of Auschwitz for future generations," said ADL's letter to UNESCO.


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