November 11, 2019
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has asked Netflix to make changes to a documentary that features a map showing Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern day Poland.
At issue are World War II concentration camps built on Polish soil used to intern and kill millions of Polish Jews and depicted in the miniseries The Devil Next Door about John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. autoworker who was accused of being a brutal guard at the camps.
In the series, the camps are shown in a map of current-day Poland, suggesting the country was partially responsible for their construction and operation.
Morawiecki, in a Facebook post, wrote a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings outlining the historical inconsistencies in the series.
“As my country did not even exist at that time as an independent state, and millions of Pols were murdered at these sites, this element of The Devil Next Door is nothing short of rewriting history,” Morawiecki wrote.
“It may be minor mistakes for their creators, but they are very harmful to Poland, and it is our task to react strongly. I hope that my arguments will meet the understanding of the people who manage the Netflix.”
A Netflix representative told Reuters the service was “urgently” looking into the matter.
Ukraine-born Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court in 2011 for contributing to the deaths of 27,000 Jews at the Sobibor camp in Poland. The 91-year-old died in 2012 in German nursing home before his appeal could be heard.