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Netflix to Amend Series After Getting Backlash

Nov 14, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Netflix will be making changes to a series after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings received complaints from the Polish prime minister and others about the program, Variety reports.

The object of the controversy is the documentary series “The Devil Next Door,” which Variety says “centers on the trial of John Demjanjuk, who was accused of being a notorious Ukrainian concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.”

“Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki wrote a strongly worded letter to Hastings last Sunday contending that the series was inaccurate,” Variety reports. “Central to his complaint were maps seen in the series that place Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz within the borders of modern-day Poland. Screen shots of the maps were shared on social media.”

Netflix acknowledged the complaint and investigated the issue. “The U.S. streamer now says that it will amend the series by adding on-screen text, likely below the maps, to spell out the fact that the death camps sat in territory occupied by the Nazis,” Variety reports.

The report notes that the program’s producers used representations of maps that appeared in U.S. and Israeli TV coverage of Demjanjuk’s trial in the 1980s. “The addition of on-screen text spelling out the wider context will likely take a few days to put into effect,” Variety adds.

The report quotes a statement from Netflix saying: “We are hugely proud of ‘The Devil Next Door’ and stand by its filmmakers, their research and their work. In order to provide more information to our members about the important issues raised in this documentary and to avoid any misunderstanding, in the coming days we will be adding text to some of the maps featured in the series.

“This will make it clearer that the extermination and concentration camps in Poland were built and operated by the German Nazi regime, [which] invaded the country and occupied it from 1939-1945.”

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