Two British students have received a probation and a fine for stealing items belonging to the deportees in the former extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland, during ‘ a school trip.
The two teenagers born in 1998 and 1997 were released after being held in custody Monday, police said of the Krakow region.
The Perse School, Cambridge posh private school to which belong the two students, said Tuesday night they had been sentenced to a year’s probation and fined 1,000 zloty ($ 330) .
According to the regional prosecutor of Oswiecim, the two young people have pleaded guilty and offered themselves as Polish law allows, sentence suspended sentence, accompanied by a temporary guardianship and a fine.
“They confessed to the facts and cooperated fully with the authorities. They are deeply sorry for the wrong done, “said a spokesman of the school.
“There will be a thorough investigation into what happened. I want to hear directly from the two boys which led them to seize these objects. I want to ensure that the lesson has been learned. The Holocaust-related site visits must be accompanied by the greatest respect and the utmost sensitivity, “said the school principal, Ed Elliott, in a statement.
The two teens faced sentences of up to ten years in prison for “theft of objects of historical value,” had said a spokesman for police in the region of Krakow Mariusz Ciarka.
According to Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the museum of the former Nazi death camp, “the two youths were arrested near the barracks where was sorting the belongings of the deportees”, called in the jargon of the camp ” Canada “in reference to the wealth of this country.
“Some guards saw the digging in the earth. Alerted, they arrested them and found that they were in possession of wired glass scraps, buttons, a hair clipper and pieces of metal, “said Sawicki.
“This is an area where we still find in the land of items belonging to victims of the camp,” said Mr Sawicki.
The museum regularly finds flights from all kinds of objects, such as pieces of barbed son, for visitors who want to take away as a souvenir of their visit to the camp.
The museum is visited annually by over one million people worldwide.
The most commented flight was that of the original metal inscription “Arbeit macht frei” from the entrance of the camp in December 2009.
The instigator of the theft, a former Swedish neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström 34 years, was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison.
One million Jews died at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp created by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, as well as 70 000 to 75 000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Gypsies, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 10 000 to 15 000 other prisoners, resistance fighters which, according to the camp museum data.