Poland convicts 3 men in theft of Auschwitz sign

March 18, 2010 16:01

WARSAW, Poland — A Polish court convicted three men Thursday of the theft of the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz memorial site in December.

The men, two of whom are brothers, were given prison sentences ranging from 18 months to 2½ years.

In footage from the court, TVN24 showed the men, with their faces blurred, showed each man in turn expressing regret and acknowledging that stealing the sign was not a good idea.

Krakow's district court said the men confessed to the theft and agreed to settlements, which meant the case did not have to go to trial. The court identified them only as Radoslaw M., Lukasz M., and Pawel S., in keeping with Polish privacy laws.

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