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The boys have withdrawn their admission of guilt, explaining that they were not aware that the items had special cultural significance.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