Cops: Teens Stole Artifacts From Auschwitz

They were on a class field trip
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2015 3:48 PM CDT
Cops: Teens Stole Artifacts From Auschwitz
An undated file photo of the main gate of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.   (AP Photo, File)

School field trips regularly roll through Auschwitz, but two high school students visiting the site yesterday learned their lesson about honoring the victims in a much different way. Police in Poland say the 17-year-old British students were caught trying to steal prisoner artifacts including a comb, buttons, pieces of glass, and spoons, reports the Guardian. Museum security saw the teens pick up the items from the ground near a building where Nazi guards stored the confiscated belongings of victims, reports the BBC. The teens were searched and admitted to trying to steal the items.

"We understand they have explained that they picked up the items without thinking and they have apologized unreservedly for the offense they have given, and expressed real remorse for their action," says a spokesperson for the Perse School in the UK. Though they spent the night in jail, a Polish court gave the boys a suspended sentence on the theft charges, and they'll avoid more time behind bars by regularly reporting in to police back home, reports Reuters. (More Auschwitz stories.)

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