Polish Official Invites AOC to See Real Concentration Camps in Poland
Polish member of parliament decries lawmakers statements
After Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told her followers that the Trump administration was "running concentration camps on our southern border," a Polish member of parliament invited her to see real concentration camps run by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Member of the Polish parliament, Dominik Tarczynski, a posted a letter to the lawmaker:
“I write to you out of distress in having learned of your recent statements regarding concentration camps."
“As you should be aware, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) who led Germany, were responsible for the darkest period in my country’s and our whole continent’s history by devising a chain of concentration camps in order to exterminate those who they believed were subhuman, or a threat to their imperialistic machinations—this included both Jewish Poles and non-Jewish Poles and as a result we lost six million of our citizens,” he added.
Tarczynski branded Ocasio-Cortez’s comparisons to the Southern border and concentration camps as an unsavory use of the term to score political points.
“While under German Nazi occupation, a number of concentration camps were set up in my country, Poland.
"It has caused a deep wound that persists on our proud Polish and European history that we must deal with every single day and that we reaffirm to one another can never be forgotten, and never allowed to happen again,” he wrote.
“This is why when someone cheapens the history or uses it for political point-scoring, we become agitated and upset.”
Tarczynski added in a statement:
“With this letter, I am formally inviting @AOC to come to Poland, where Adolf Hitler set up the worst chain of concentration camps the world has ever seen, so that she may see that scoring political points with inflamed rhetoric is unacceptable in our contemporary Western societies.”
With this letter, I am formally inviting @AOC to come to Poland,where Adolf Hitler set up the worst chain of concentration camps the world has ever seen, so that she may see that scoring political points with enflamed rhetoric is unacceptable in our contemporary Western societies pic.twitter.com/ivOTfmiCfo— TARCZYŃSKI Dominik (@D_Tarczynski) June 20, 2019
.@AOC Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of "extermination through labor."— Yad Vashem (@yadvashem) June 19, 2019
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AOC's claims came under fire from many Jewish groups and organizations, including Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust center that’s located in Israel.
“Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor,'” the organization said.
The JCRC of New York wrote in reposne:
“We urge @AOC to refrain from using terminology evocative of the Holocaust to voice (sic) concerns about contemporary political issues, as per our letter below.”
Leaders of the group said they were “deeply disturbed by the language used in your recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America’s southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps.”
“The terms ‘Concentration Camp’ and ‘Never Again’ are synonymous with and evocative of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, in which six million European Jews were systematically denied civil and human rights due to their race and ultimately murdered in state-sponsored genocide,” the leaders wrote.
“As concerned we are about the conditions experienced by migrants seeking asylum in the United States … the regrettable use of Holocaust terminology to describe these contemporary concerns diminishes the evil intent of the Nazis to eradicate the Jewish people.”
AOC failed to apologize for the offensive remarks, and instead doubled down on her outrageous claims but has been caught lying in the process.
The New York lawmaker also attempted to suggest that the negative response to her comments was merely an overreaction from "shrieking Republicans."