Internet plea to Nazi death camp museums

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The Independent Online

Museums at former Nazi death camps in Poland have been asked to drop the .pl suffixes in their internet addresses by the country's culture minister.

Bogdan Zdrojewski said he wants to fight a historically erroneous association between the death camps and Poland.

Poles fear that as the Second World War becomes more distant, they will get blamed for Nazi crimes because many of the former camps are located today on Polish soil.

During the war, the Germans ran them in countries that they occupied, including Poland.

Mr Zdrojewski said today that Auschwitz, Majdanek and other state museums could replace the .pl suffix with .eu.

Poland is also waging a worldwide campaign to stop foreign media referring to such places as "Polish death camps".