WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland wrote a letter to the head of Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings, complaining of “historical inaccuracies” in its series “The Devil Next Door.”
The series is about the decades-long postwar trial of John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian guard who earned the nickname “Ivan the Terrible” at the Treblinka death camp.
Morawiecki said in the letter that the series showed maps that place Nazi concentration camps, such as Auschwitz, within the borders of modern-day Poland, without identifying that territory as Nazi occupied during that time. He complained that the map “deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps, and for committing the crimes therein.”
In 2018, Poland introduced an amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance that made it a crime to accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust punishable by up to three years in prison. An amendment later scrapped the prison sentence.
Netflix said it would modify the series by adding on-screen text to spell out the fact that the concentration camps sat in territory occupied by the German Nazi regime, which had invaded the country and occupied it from 1939-1945.