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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 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3377939/Two-British-teenagers-accused-stealing-artefacts-Auschwitz-school-trip-face-trial-Poland-retracting-admission-guilt.html

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The boys have withdrawn their admission of guilt, explaining that they were not aware that the items had special cultural significance.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 http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html

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:  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Noobs+vs.+Newbs

 

June 24, 2015

British teenagers arrested for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am

Update June 27, 2015:

The photo below accompanies a news article about the recent theft of artifacts from Auschwitz.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-teenagers-freed-polish-police-5937520

Is Auschwitz-Birkeanu located on a hillside?  No, the place where the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was located is flat as a pancake. Only the camera was tilted. This photo should have been straightened in Photo Shop.

Photo of Auschwiz-Birkenau accompanies news article

Photo of Auschwiz-Birkenau accompanies news article

Update June 25, 2015:

This quote is from the Guardian, a British newspaper:

“Two British schoolboys arrested at Auschwitz have each received a year’s probation, suspended for three years, and a 1,000 zloty (£170) fine after admitting stealing artefacts from the former Nazi death camp.”

Included in the news article, cited above, is a photo of the precious items that were stolen.

These items were stolen from the site of the Canada warehouse at Auschwitz

These items were stolen from the site of the Canada warehouse at Auschwitz

Continue reading my original post:

This morning, I was shocked to read in a news story that two British teenagers had spent a night in jail after being arrested for stealing precious artefacts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site.

This quote is from the news story:

Two British schoolboys were spared jail yesterday after stealing artefacts that belonged to prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Marcus Dell and Ben Thompson, both 17, were arrested during a school trip to southern Poland to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.

The pair, who attend Cambridge’s exclusive The Perse School where fees are more than £15,000 a year, were spotted acting suspiciously on Monday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3135957/British-teenagers-arrested-stealing-items-former-Nazi-concentration-camp-Auschwitz.html#ixzz3dzuQ2HNQ

My first impression was that these boys had somehow managed to take items from the glass cases in Block 5, one of the buildings in the Auschwitz museum.

Shoes taken from the Jewish prisoners of Auschwitz are displayed in museum

Shoes taken from the Jewish prisoners of Auschwitz are displayed in museum

Blocks 4, 5, 6, and 7 at the former Auschwitz I concentration camp have been converted from barracks into museum rooms with glass display cases. All of these exhibit buildings are located on the second cross street, to your right after you enter through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate into the main Auschwitz camp.

In Block 5, there are displays devoted to the “Material Evidence of Crime.” One of the saddest sights at Auschwitz is the display of shoes in a huge glass case that takes up half a barracks room in Block 5. The shoes seem to be deteriorating and are mostly the same dark gray color, except for a few women’s or children’s shoes that are made of red dyed leather. The red shoes stand out like the red coat worn by the little girl in Schindler’s List, a black and white picture.

The building known as Canada was where the shoes taken from the prisoners were stored

The building known as Canada was where the shoes taken from the prisoners were stored

Did these British teenagers break the glass in the display cases at Auschwitz and steal several items, while thousands of witnesses watched?

There are currently 1.5 million visitors per year at Auschwitz, and it is almost impossible to get up to the glass cases to see the items on display. On my second trip to Auschwitz in 2005, I wanted to take a photo of the stairs that have been worn down by millions of footsteps, but it was impossible because of the steady stream of visitors, which did not stop for a second.

Location where the Canada building once stood before it was burned down

Location where the Canada storage building once stood before it was burned down

However, the news article explained that the boys had been digging in the location of the building, known as Canada, where all the clothing taken from the Jews had been stored.

Location of the building known as Canada in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Location of the building known as Canada in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

The building known as Canada was set on fire after the camp was abandoned by the Nazis

The building known as Canada was set on fire after the camp was abandoned by the Nazis

I think that the folks at the Auschwitz museum should be glad that these young boys have found a few precious objects to add to the evidence of the murder of the Jews at Auschwitz. Every item that was ever touched by a Jew at Auschwitz is precious and should be preserved for time and all eternity.