WARSAW -- An Italian man who stole a one-foot piece of barbed wire
from Auschwitz was arrested at the airport in Krakow.
The man, 66, tried
to leave the country Saturday night with the wire in his luggage. He explained
he did it because his father died in Auschwitz.
This is not the first
theft at Auschwitz. The most well-known case of theft in the former camp
occurred in December 2009. Thieves have stolen the inscription "Arbeit macht
frei" from above the gate of the former camp, and cut it into at least three
pieces. The perpetrators were sentenced to jail.
The camp Auschwitz was
established in 1940. Two years later the Germans built Auschwitz II-Birkenau. At
least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed there.
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