David Winnick

Walsall North

Labour

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War and the Polish army contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Would you therefore challenge some of the British media falsely labelling the German concentration and death camps as being “Polish” e.g. Polish ghetto, death camps of Poland, or, Poland’s Auschwitz?

As for the camps, they are normally referred to, certainly by my colleagues and myself, as the Nazi extermination camps, some of which were situated on Polish soil. I haven’t myself so far come across to references to ‘Poland’s Auschwitz’.

Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?

I am fully supportive of the Polish community in the UK; during the 1980s, I expressed on many occasions my support for Solidarity, and in December 1981, made a speech in the Commons against military rule.

One is also obviously pleased that antisemitism, for example, has apparently been substantially reduced in Poland from the pre-war days.


Questions were sent out after the elections.