GERMAN BROADCASTER FINED BY POLISH COURT OVER WWII DRAMA




Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Accoding to Deutsche Welle, A court in Poland has ordered ZDF to pay €5,000 compensation for misrepresenting freedom fighters as anti-Semites. The second lawsuit in two years against the broadcaster was brought by a concentration camp survivor.

A court in Poland on Friday ruled that a World War II drama commissioned by German public TV channel ZDF had made "a one-sided and untrue representation of historical facts."

The court ordered the broadcaster and UFA Fiction, the independent producer of "Our Mothers, Our Fathers" to pay €5,000 ($5,700) damages and air an apology to former anti-Nazi freedom fighters.

Zbigniew Radlowski, a veteran of Poland's Home Army (Armia Krajowa) began a lawsuit two years ago after watching the mini-series, which tells the stories of five young Germans during the last four years of the war.

Radlowski argued that the TV drama had misrepresented anti-Nazi freedom fighters directed by Poland's government in exile in London as anti-Semites.

In one scene, an army officer orders a procession of concentration camp prisoners to be left to their fate "because they are Jews and they are worse than the Communists."