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Obama expresses 'regret' to Poland over inadvertent 'death camp' gaffe
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ' President Barack Obama has written a letter to the Polish president expressing "regret" for an inadvertent verbal gaffe that caused a storm of controversy in Poland this week.
Obama on Tuesday used the expression "a Polish death camp" while honoring a Polish World War II resistance hero rather than wording that would have made clear that he meant a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.
Warsaw has been waging a campaign for years against the phrase "Polish death camps." Such wording hurts Polish sensitivities because Poles not only had no role in running camps like Auschwitz, but were considered racially inferior by the Germans and were themselves murdered in them in huge numbers.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski made the letter, dated Thursday, available to journalists in Warsaw on Friday.