Tourists fined for stealing bricks from the crematorium at Nazi death camp Auschwitz they wanted to collect as ‘souvenirs’
- The two Hungarian tourists, aged 30 and 36, were caught red-handed
- They were charged with stealing components of high historical importance
- It is estimated that 1.1m people were or died killed at Auschwitz during WWII
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Two tourists have already been convicted of stealing bricks from the crematorium of the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
It’s been reported they wished to take them home as souvenirs.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is situated close to the industrial town of Oswiecim in southern Poland.
It is estimated that 1.1million people were or died killed at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945.
Two tourists have already been convicted of stealing bricks from the crematorium of the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz (pictured)
The victims were mainly European Jews, but Russian prisoners of war also, Gypsies, Others and poles.
The two Hungarian tourists, aged 30 and 36, were caught red-handed taking bricks from the ruins of the former crematorium.
A foreign couple noticed the Hungarian tourists pocketing the masonry materials from the Auschwitz II-Birkenau area of the site and immediately informed the museum’s security.
Police arrived within a few minutes and arrested the visitors.
It is estimated that 1.1million people died or were killed at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945
They were charged with stealing components of high cultural and historical importance and received a one-year suspended sentence and fine of just one 1,500 PLN (£308) each.
Policeman Mateusz Drwal told local media: ‘They said they only wished to collect a souvenir and weren’t aware of the results of these actions.’
The museum clearly states that it’s strictly forbidden to eliminate items from the former death camp because they are of cultural significance.
Polish courts have passed out fines and suspended prison terms to varied visitors convicted of stealing objects from Auschwitz during the past, including two British schoolboys in 2016, a German teacher in 2014 and an elderly Israeli couple in 2011.
Netizen ‘Sowiniec’ commented: ‘It is similar to it is some type of epidemic!’