By Menachem Rosensaft, Vice President of The American
Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants

Unwarranted outrage when a simple correction would have sufficed.

Any objective observers reading the Polish prime minister’s and foreign minister’s overreactions to an innocent phraseological error – and that is all it was – by President Barack Obama could only have been left scratching their heads in amazement. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk charged that Obama had perpetrated a “distortion of history” as a result of “ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions.”
Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said that the president was guilty of “ignorance and incompetence.”
The cause for this public display of indignation? A slip-up by Obama when, in posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a heroic member of the Polish anti-German underground during World War II, he referred to “a Polish death camp” rather than to a German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.