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Polish Culture Minister Asks Nazi Museums to Drop '.pl' Suffix From URLs

auschwitz memorialPoland is home to a handful of museums at former Nazi concentration camps, but the country's culture minister doesn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about who put them there to begin with.

Yesterday, Bogdan Zdrojewski told the Polish news agency PAP that he'd written to the directors of three World War II-era museums in the country, asking them to drop the ".pl" suffix from their URLs. The three museums, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Stutthof, are all run and primarily financed by the Polish state, but Zdrojewski doesn't want anyone to get the impression that Poland was at all responsible for the Nazi genocide. Instead, the minister suggests that they use the more neutral ".eu" suffix, which is used across Europe.

The Polish government closely watches the media for any descriptions of the Nazi camps as "Polish," even if the adjective is used simply to identify the museum's location. And, considering all of the unspeakable horrors that those camps facilitated, the country's concern is certainly understandable.

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