Poland is asking for a correction after NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell said that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was against “the Polish and Nazi regime.”
“[T]he 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a heroic act against the German Nazis who established the ghetto & carried out the #Holocaust. During WWII Poland was attacked &occupied by the German Nazi regime,” the Polish Embassy in the United States wrote in a tweet Wednesday to MSNBC.
Thank you @mitchellreports @MSNBC for reporting in Warsaw. However, the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a heroic act against the German Nazis who established the ghetto & carried out the #Holocaust. During WWII Poland was attacked &occupied by the German Nazi regime. #WordsMatter— Embassy of Poland US (@PolishEmbassyUS) February 13, 2019
The World Jewish Congress also called for a retraction.
“The Warsaw Ghetto was a diabolical creation of Nazi Germany in occupied Poland. The Jewish insurgents who rose up fought against Germans,” its president, Ronald Lauder, said Thursday in a statement.
On Thursday, Mitchell apologized for her statement, saying she “misspoke.”
I misspoke on the show yesterday when I discussed the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. To be clear, the Polish government was not involved in these horrific acts. I apologize for the unfortunate inaccuracy.— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 14, 2019
Officials from more than 60 countries, among them Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are attending a Middle East-themed conference in Warsaw. Mitchell was reporting from Poland on the conference when she made the remark.