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Facebook unblocks a film about a German Nazi camp for Polish children

Facebook’s Blockade of an IPN’s documentary about a German camp for children

Facebook has unblocked a film about a German Nazi camp for Polish children on Przemysłowa Street in Łódź, according to Kornelia Zaborska of the Łódź branch of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which produced the documentary.

The Facebook administration had blocked the possibility of foreign promotion of the film “The Camp on Przemysłowa Street – get to know our fear.” The reason for Facebook’s decision was the “recognition of the publicity campaign as political of a social nature.” As we could read in a statement on the IPN branch’s website, “Facebook’s recognition that the film is political in nature resulted in a complete blocking of its promotion in countries abroad.”

“The documentary film posted on the social network site Facebook presents the history of the German camp for Polish children located on Przemysłowa Street in Łódź. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the establishment of this camp, where about 3,000 children were sent,” we read in the statement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The Institute of National Remembrance branch in Łódź has made every effort to make the knowledge about the camp at Przemysłowa Street reach as many people as possible, including those from outside our country. The film was prepared in 7 language versions – Polish, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Hebrew,” the IPN employees wrote.

On Friday evening, Kornelia Zaborska informed that thanks to the involvement of the media, Facebook unblocked the film. “Such a situation rarely happens when it comes to campaigns deemed political by Facebook,” she wrote in a brief statement.

The German preventive camp for young Poles in Łódź operated on Przemysłowa Street, hence its colloquial name “the Camp on Przemysłowa.”  It was intended for Polish children between the ages of 6 and 16. It functioned from December 1942 to January 1945.

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