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Featured above are remarks by President Obama about Polish resistance figure (and later Georgetown professor) Jan Karski, whom he awarded a posthumous Medal of Freedom today. Karski is considered a major hero of the anti-Nazi movement, who sought valiantly to alert the world to the atrocity of the Holocaust; he died in 2001. As you can hear in the above statement, President Obama made reference to “Polish death camps,” a phrasing that touched off a firestorm amongst Polish political figures, insisting Obama should have made it clear the camps were under the control of Nazi occupied Poland. The calls for apology came fast and fierce. Said Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski: “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error. [Prime Minister Donald] Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.”

(Source: BuzzFeed)

May 29, 2012 // 20:57 // 2 years ago
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