Nationalists hijacking Wikipedia
Polish nationalists have been using Wikipedia to rewrite and distort the history of the Holocaust, said Omer Benjakob. In 2006, Polish volunteer editors changed the English-language Wikipedia entry for “Warsaw concentration camp” so that it claimed 200,000 ethnic Poles were gassed to death at the internment center. In fact, that Nazi concentration camp was built on the site of the city’s former Jewish ghetto and housed the Jewish prisoners who were forced to demolish the area. No Nazi gas chambers ever existed in Warsaw. Yet the camp’s “fake history” remained in the online encyclopedia for nearly 13 years and was inserted into dozens of other Wikipedia entries on Nazi crimes. The edits push the revisionist history invented by Polish nationalists, which posits that “the Poles in general—not just the country’s Jewish population—were the main victims of the Nazi occupation.” The number of victims is no accident: Since some 400,000 Jews were murdered in the Warsaw ghetto, and some 200,000 Poles were killed in the Warsaw Uprising, if Poles can come up with 200,000 more victims, then their suffering equals that of the Jews. An Israeli editor who goes by the name Icewhiz caught the hoax this year and remedied the entries. But most of the Polish editors involved are still active on Wikipedia. Who knows what else they are revising?