November 15, 2019
Netflix Nov. 15 confirmed it would make changes to historical maps showcased in original miniseries, “The Devil Next Door,” following complaints from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Polish subscribers.
“Devil Next Door” showcases former Cleveland auto worker John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-American who was accused in the 1980’s of being a notorious Nazi concentration camp guard.
The well-researched series includes locations of concentration camps outlined on a map of modern-day Poland — not the former territory occupied by German Nazis during World War II.
Morawiecki and others took to social media to complain the maps suggested Poland had contributed to the camps operated by German S.S. units where millions of mostly Jews were exterminated.
Netflix, in a Polish tweet, said it stood by the miniseries’ filmmakers but would make changes to the maps to better reflect the time period of the series.
“In order to provide more information to our members about the important issues raised in this documentary and to avoid any misunderstanding, in the coming days we will be adding text to some of the maps featured in the series,” Netflix tweeted.
“This will make it clearer that the extermination and concentration camps in Poland were built and operated by the German Nazi regime who invaded the country and occupied it from 1939 to 1945.”
The Polish government thanked Netflix for its quick response to the sensitive issue.
“We appreciate that @netflix raises difficult and important topics. We are sure that historical accuracy will be essential in your future productions,” tweeted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Demjanjuk, who had his guilty verdict overturned by the Israel Supreme Court, was later found guilty by a German court for contributing to the deaths of 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor camp in Poland. He died in 2012 at the age of 91 in a German nursing home awaiting his appeal.