Are buildings being decorated with Nazi flags and banners in Warsaw?

By November 1, 2022 November 4th, 2022 International Politics

We came across the following post on Facebook:


As can be seen, Nazi imagery is hung from the building in Warsaw, Poland. The post also claims that guests and citizens of Warsaw has flooded Twitter with a reaction to what was happening with multiple tweets commenting on the Nazi imagery present.

When we looked into the claim, we found that the building shown in the images was the Staszic Palace in Warsaw, the headquarters of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), a Polish state-sponsored institution of higher learning.

Further research found that Reuters Fact Check had recently examined the claim, discovering that while it is true that Nazi banners and posters had been hung at Staszic Palace among other locations, they were simply there for the filming of a movie.

Katarzyna Kalinowska, a senior specialist at PAN, told Reuters that the film, under the working title “Skarbek,” tells the story of Polish female agent working for the British secret service, Krystyna Skarbek, who took on a “mission to rescue Polish fighter pilots from occupied Warsaw” during World War Two.

Kalinowska said the Nazi symbols could only be hung at Staszic Palace and its immediate surroundings on the day of filming from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 15, 2022 and permission had been given to place film decorations referring to the WWII period on the Palace facade and shoot film in the building’s arcades.

While it is true that buildings are being decorated with Nazi flags and banners in Warsaw, the notion that Poland might be turning into a hotbed of Nazism and fascism is taken wildly out of context. The Nazi symbols in Warsaw were simply part of a movie set for a film about World War Two.

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