Netflix published a documentary series titled “The Devil Next Door” about a German Nazi Concentration camp guard, Ivan Demianiuk, who served in occupied Poland. In the series there is shown a map of concentration camps drawn with the current borders of Poland. This could lead to an impression that the Polish authorities were cooperating with Nazi Germany. The Polish government demanded a correction and an apology.
The main misconceptions that have to be corrected are the historically inaccurate maps – during World War II Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Moreover, some camps are marked with swastikas while some are not. That might suggest that there were other concentration camps’ operators than Nazi Germany. Finally, in the voice over we can hear “Treblinka – Poland”, omitting Germans who created and operated this death camp.
@NetflixPL @netflix ❗During #WWII Poland found itself under #GermanOccupation. It was the #IIIReich that established camps such as #Treblinka on pre-war Polish territories! This image may falsely suggest Polish complicity in the running of #GermanCamps.❗#AgainstDefamation pic.twitter.com/gtu6t0dU2e
— Institute of National Remembrance (@ipngovpl_eng) November 12, 2019
Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, complained to Netflix about these fatal errors in the production. He criticised the filmmakers for not clarifying that Poland was under German control during the period. He asked Netflix to either modify the map or somehow inform the audience of the “terrible mistake.”
Following a letter, Reed Hastings, the head of Netflix, pointing out a number of historical inaccuracies which appeared in the series, has announced changes to the series.
STATEMENT BY NETFLIX CONCERNING „THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR”
“We stand by the filmmakers of The Devil Next Door, their research and their work. 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. 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 1939-1945″.
Source: Poland Daily/NBHistory