And of course, if there is an absurd story that wingnuts will love, Tapper is on top of it:
Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama’s reference earlier to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.
“The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish 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.”
The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled “into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself.”
Sikorski, for what it is worth, is a former journalist who wrote for the National Review (the place that pays Jonah Goldberg) and was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (the place that pays Jim Pethokoukis). That should give you an idea what we are working with, here. At any rate, this is neither the first or the last time this issue has come up. Type in “polish+death+camp” in good ole wikipedia, and you will find this:
Polish death camp and Polish concentration camp are terms that occasionally appear in international media in reference to Nazi German concentration camps built and run by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust in the General Government and other parts of occupied Poland. Usage of the term has been condemned as insulting by the Polish foreign minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld in 2005, who also alleged that it—intentionally or unintentionally—shifted the responsibility for the construction or operation of the camps from the German to the Polish people. Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita has criticized international media outlets, including Haaretz from Israel, as “holocaust deniers” over usage of the term. However, all foreign media articles so criticized by Rzeczpospolita (as of November 2008) make clear that the perpetrators were German, and none claim Poles built the camps.
Opponents of these terms argue that they are inaccurate, as they may imply that the camps—located in Nazi-occupied Poland—might have been a responsibility of the Poles (i.e. Polish), when in fact they were designed, constructed and run by Nazi Germany with no collaboration from Poland or Poles; and, used to exterminate millions of Poles alongside Polish Jews, including Jews transported by the Nazis from across Europe. Non-Polish media also make similar references to the German-run extermination program in Nazi-occupied Poland such as the “Polish Ghetto”, “Polish Holocaust”, “Nazi Poland”, etc. Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld in 2005 suggested that there are instances of “bad will, saying that under the pretext that “it’s only a geographic reference”, attempts are made to distort history and conceal the truth.”
I guess we are supposed to believe that absolutely no one in Poland had any idea what was going on in the Nazi death camps.