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Ted Opitz Criticizing the Erroneous and Offensive Term "Polish Concentration Camps"

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Published on Sep 27, 2011

MP Ted Opitz delivering a statement in the House of Commons criticizing publications that use the erronous and offensive term "Polish concentration camps" to describe Nazi concentration and death camps in occupied Poland.

Ted Opitz was born in the Parkdale area of Toronto in 1961 and is the youngest of four children. Ted Opitz's parents were originally from Poland and immigrated to Canada shortly after WW2. During the war, Ted's mother suffered in Nazi Germany as a forced labourer and his father served in the Polish 2nd Corps after being released by the Soviets as a prisoner of war in a gulag. Like all immigrant families, Ted Opitz's parents came to Canada to start a better life.

Ted Opitz is the recipient of the following awards:

-Canadian Government Volunteer Award
-United Nations Volunteer Award
-Commanders Commendation for service to World Youth Day 2002
-The Polish Combatant's Association Gold Cross
-Canadian Forces Decoration with two bars for 32 years military service
-NATO Decoration for service in the former Yugoslavia
-Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
-Queen's Jubilee Medal
-Serving Brother of St John (St John Ambulance)
-Pro Memoria Medal (Poland)
-Knight's Cross Order of Merit (Poland)

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