Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe

After Polish Government Complaint, Netflix To Amend Concentration Camp Maps

Following public complaints from the Polish government, Netflix will add explanatory notes to World War II-era maps showing the location of concentration camps used in its documentary series “The Devil Next Door.”

The move by the streaming giant, reported by The New York Times, follows a letter of complaint from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Marawiecki to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Marawiecki took issue with maps from the series that showed the location of concentration camps in modern-day Poland, claiming the graphics did not do enough to clarify that the concentration camps were devised and operated by the Nazis during the German occupation of Poland.

Mariewiecki said of one map used that it was “not only incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps, and for committing the crimes therein.”

A spokeswoman for Netflix told The Times on Thursday that the maps will be amended with text explaining the Nazi control of the camps. She said that the decision was a response to complaints from subscribers, and not Morawiecki’s letter.

The spokeswoman added that the added context will “not leave any room for misunderstanding.”

Netflix said it hoped to have the text added in two days, during which time the series will stay on the platform.

PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture fellow. He can be reached at [email protected]





    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.