Obama Pens Apology Letter To Poles Over “Death Camps” Gaffe
For the reasons I noted earlier this week, this was inevitably going to happen:
President Obama has penned a letter of apology expressing “regret” over using the phrase “Polish death camps” in a ceremony earlier this week, which has drawn heavy criticism from Polish officials.
“In referring to ‘a Polish death camp’ rather than ‘a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,’ I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world,” Obama wrote in a letter released by the Polish government. “I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth.”
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski called Obama’s letter “a very important moment in the battle for historical truth,” according to The Associated Press.
As I said on Wednesday, this was obviously an inadvertent mistake on the White House’s part, but it was causing much consternation among the elected officials and citizens of an important ally. So, the apology was appropriate and necessary.