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Obama's apology accepted by Poland

Poland has accepted with "satisfaction" a letter from President Obama expressing regret for comments on death camps in the eastern European country, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Friday.

The letter, addressed to Komorowski, stated that the World War II-era camps set up by the Nazis in occupied Poland weren't Polish and expressed support for the country's efforts to combat use of the phrase "Polish death camps," the Polish president told reporters at a televised news conference.

"It's a very important and very necessary gesture from an important ally and friend," Komorowski said. "This is a key moment in the fight for historical truth."

Obama mentioned "Polish death camps" during a ceremony Tuesday in Washington when he posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a Pole who told the world about the Holocaust.

Poland has sought corrections from several news outlets for use of the phrase "Polish death camps" because they were created and operated by the Nazis during their occupation of the country in 1939-1944 and not by Poles.

"In referring to 'a Polish death camp' rather than 'a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,' I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world," Obama wrote. "I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth."