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  • On 22 November, the Polish Embassy in Washington successfully intervened against the defective code of memory “Polish concentration camp”. 


    The article was titled “Novel Ideas” and appeared in the print edition of The Missourian and on its website on 18 November. In his review of the audiobook version of Andrew Gross’s period thriller The One Man, the author of the piece, Chris Stuckenschneider, wrote: “Among the voices Ballerini so expertly masters are those of Nazi officers, and concentration camp prisoners.”


    The diplomatic mission sent the editors a letter demanding correction. “It is historically wrong and very misleading to use such phrases as ‘Polish concentration camps’ without clarifying that they were conceived of and built by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, as readers could mistake victims for perpetrators,” wrote the embassy.  It went on to suggest that the paper should follow the example of other international media outlets and news agencies (including the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and the New York Times), and ban the use of defective memory codes in its stylebook.


    The author replied by explaining that what his review actually meant was a Polish inmate of a Nazi concentration camp. “I can see that this could have been misunderstood. I have made the correction,” he assured the mission in an email. Mr Stuckenschneider went on to say that “the last thing I wanted was that anyone should find my article offensive.” The intervention led to a swift correction of the misnomer.


    The Missourian has been published since 1926 in Franklin County, Missouri. The print edition comes out twice a week and has a circulation of 13,000 copies.

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