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December 29, 2015

British teenagers will go on trial for stealing artifacts from Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Canada warehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau was allegedly burned by the Nazis as they abandoned the camp

The Canada clothing warehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau was allegedly burned by the Nazis just before they abandoned the camp

Two British teenagers were arrested recently for the crime of stealing artifacts from the location where the Canada warehouse burned.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

Marcus Dell and Ben Thompson were arrested in June during [a] school trip
They were accused of stealing items from [the ruins of] Auschwitz [Birkenau] concentration camp
[They were] Originally released with suspended sentences after admitting taking items
But they have now changed their minds and will face a trial, prosecutors in Poland have revealed

Items stolen from Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site

Items removed from the location of the Canada warehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site


Location of Canada warehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2005 photo of the location of the Canada warehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

My photo above shows that the location of the Canada warehouse was completely bare ten years ago. Did these boys dig up the ground to find these artifacts?  Shame on them for desecrating sacred ground where the clothing of the Jews was once stored.

This quote is from the news article:

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[The two boys] were apprehended on the site of warehouse number five – known as Canada – where Nazi guards had stored items confiscated from prisoners.

The teenagers faced up to ten years in jail for carrying out activities related to the misappropriation of objects that represent special cultural interest, to the detriment of the museum.

They had been held in cells at Malopolska police station and interrogated through an interpreter.

But they were released with suspended sentences plus fines of 1,000 zloty each – about £170 – after admitting taking the items.

Polish prosecutors said today the pair had changed their minds and would now face a trial.

The boys have withdrawn their admission of guilt, explaining that they were not aware that the items had special cultural significance.

Krakow Regional Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Boguslawa Marcinkowska told BBC News the indictment had been sent on Tuesday to the Regional Court in Krakow.

It is illegal to take items of historical significance from Auschwitz, where at least 900,000 Jewish people were killed during the Second World War.

The Germans torched the warehouse in 1945 and many of its possessions still lie buried in the soil. Canada was classified as a cemetery and the site left untouched.

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Noobs who might be reading my blog can read all about Auschwitz on my website at

Update 12/30/2015: A noob, who read my blog post, has questioned my spelling of the word noob, claiming that the word should be spelled newb. I had to go to the Urban Dictionary to confirm that, in this case, noob is the correct spelling:



  1. Art thou a denier bro? Seems like wherever deniers are, there are those who propose a pseudo historical view which seeks to hide their own deceit. The Holocaust of 6,000,000 Jews is not open to debate! It is the Factual Truth of what happened under herr hitler’s watch. Get used to it. It will not be altered, reviewed or revised by denial! As to the proposition over Treblinka:

    “..Lublin [read Majdanek] 24,733 ..Belzec 434,508 ..Sobibor ..101,370 ..Treblinka ..713,555.” SS Sturmbannfuhrer Hermann Hoefle.

    This Telegram, from Hoefle of the coordinator’s office of Aktion Reinhard was sent to Eichmann at RSHA and is dated, January 11th. 1943 relates to the Murders of Jews in just 4 of the 6 Death Camps but all 3 of the Aktion Reinhard Death Camps in Poland. Note that the Death Camp Majdanek is the aforementioned Lublin, as Majdanek sat very close to the proximity of the City of Lublin. The assessment, finally made for all x6 Death Camps:

    Belzec 600,000
    Birkenau (Auschwitz) 1,100,000
    Chelmno 152,000
    Majdanek, 200,000
    Sobibor 250,000
    Treblinka 900,000

    Sub-Total 3,202,000 Jews Murdered in The Death Camps alone!

    Please desist from sending anymore of your spurious nonsense.

    Comment by Patrick Dempsey — January 7, 2016 @ 8:25 am

    • I believe your numbers for Majdanek may be too high.
      Most of the numbers I’ve seen place the number of dead around 78,000.
      If you have new information I am happy to see it. I have seen estimates for the death toll at Chelmno as high as 320,000.

      Comment by HAD — January 7, 2016 @ 10:05 am

      • I blogged about Majdanek several times, including this blog post:

        The following is a quote from my blog post:

        Majdanek is now located within the city limits of Lublin, a major city in Poland. When the camp was liberated by Soviet troops in July 1944, the first report of the deaths in the camp was 1.7 million. This was quickly downgraded to 1.5 million, which is the figure that was given by the Soviets at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. The latest figures for Majdanek is 78,000 deaths including 59,000 Jewish deaths.

        Comment by furtherglory — January 7, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

        • I have not looked up new information about Majdanek, this is why I am curious where Patrick got the 200,000. A quick search I pulled up from Wikipedia shows 78,000. Majdanek, like Chelmno, doesn’t show up much in the information I read about the Holocaust. I did just finish a very good book on Chelmno but most of the books I read focus on Auschwitz, Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor. You would think that someone would have written something on Majdanek but I usually only find material on it included on other books regarding the Holocaust.

          Comment by HAD — January 7, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

          • I have written several blog posts about Majdanek including this one:

            When I visited the Majdanek gas chambers, I had a hard time suppressing my laughter. There is a window in one of the gas chambers. I asked my guide how the window was prevented from being broken, and she told me that there were guards standing outside the window, ready to shoot anyone who broke the glass.

            Comment by furtherglory — January 7, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

            • Like you I find it highly unlikely that the SS would force people to take showers or get into baths before gassing. Probably the functions of the showers and baths were just that, prisoners accepted into the camp disinfected in the baths and then took showers before going to the barracks. It is unlikely that the SS would make prisoners chosen for
              Execution go through all of that trouble.

              Comment by HAD — January 7, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

  2. They stole items that did not belong to them.
    They are going to be punished.
    What’s the big deal?

    Comment by HAD — December 30, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    • HAD: “They stole items that did not belong to them.”

      They picked up some rubbish on the ground. Don’t make as if they had broken into the Auschwitz museum at night and robbed empty cans of Zyklon B for commercial purposes.

      HAD: “They are going to be punished. What’s the big deal?”

      Hilarious to see your girly sentimentalism melt down like ice under the sun of Tel Aviv as soon as something is of no use for your petty anti-Nazi cyber-crusade. 😉

      And no, they are not going to be punished for that. That’s just media Holo-circus once again. The whole thing will be dropped quite soon…

      Comment by hermie — December 30, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

      • HERMIE. Those items are important remains of those times of darkness. It should be up to the Polish authorities to make the conservation of that precious material safe enough. Rubbish are many of Your provocative comments here.

        Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — January 2, 2016 @ 9:32 am

        • Important remains and precious material as religious relics maybe, but of no use as far as research is concerned. But what religious myth requires research after all?

          Comment by hermie — January 3, 2016 @ 10:52 am

      • The Poles consider Auschwitz a national monument. I understand them being touchy about it.
        As for my “girly sentimentalism” I’m actually very much a law and order type of person. Those boys took items that didn’t belong to them so they can pay the price. Frankly they should have kept their original deal instead of making more trouble.
        I guess you don’t mind people taking items from dead people, after all, the Germans stole items from the Jews they murdered. They actually made a tidy profit out of it.

        Comment by HAD — January 7, 2016 @ 10:12 am

  3. Such actions occure when a historical site of horror is turned in a tourist atraction. In a former post here the question of school tourism to Auschwitz had been risen and I replied that without any sound study of the historical background visit of school classes are useless. Now we can note that they are a dammage. As stated by the two boys they were not aware of the historical value of the items stolen.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — December 30, 2015 @ 1:48 am

  4. Sorry, off topic, but what do you make of this? U.S. Army footage, shot at Dachau on “April, 27, 1945″—according to the clapper-board—two days before the Americans are supposed to have arrived at Dachau.

    The first scene shown was shot in the position marked on this model of Dachau:

    Is “someone was just forgot to change the date on the clapper-board” the most likely explanation?

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 30, 2015 @ 1:03 am

    • TBROI: “Is “someone just forgot to change the date on the clapper-board” the most likely explanation?”

      I think it is.

      And all the best for 2016, Black Rabbit.

      Comment by hermie — December 30, 2015 @ 7:20 am

    • I looked at the photo which you included in your comment:

      I have a similar photo on this page of my website:

      Both photos show that the Dachau concentration camp was only a small part of the military installation just outside the small town of Dachau. American soldiers might have attacked the military base without being aware that there was a prison camp right next to it.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 30, 2015 @ 8:53 am

      • furtherglory wrote: “American soldiers might have attacked the military base without being aware that there was a prison camp right next to it.”

        Seems unlikely, because Dachau was already used by American Zionists years before WW2 for atrocity propaganda purposes.

        Comment by hermie — December 30, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

  5. Now that our dear leaders have run out of old Germans to prosecute, they going to prosecute British children for picking up pieces of junk.
    That’s actually Barrack no.6 in Compound B1B burning there. As demonstrated here:

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 30, 2015 @ 12:40 am

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