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Outrage in Poland over Obama misstatement

6:02 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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Washington (CNN) -- There's outrage in Poland over a mistake President Obama made yesterday while honoring a Polish World War Two hero.

Mr. Obama was praising Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Jan Karski, a former Polish officer who provided accounts of Nazi atrocities to the Allies.

The Polish government wants an apology for this statement, when the President described a Holocaust death camp using the word "Polish" instead of "Nazi":

"Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and and imploring to the world to take action."

The President's use of "Polish death camp" rather than "Nazi death camp in Poland" sparked anger in Poland.

In a tweet, Poland's foreign minister called the mistake an "outrageous blunder" and wrote, "It's a shame that this important ceremony was overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence."

A White House spokesman issued an apology, saying the President regrets the misstatement.


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