Two British schoolboys are sentenced over the theft of artefacts from the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland. Paul Chapman reports.
Two British schoolboys are starting suspended sentences after they were caught stealing artefacts from the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland. Police said the 17-year-olds were spotted acting suspiciously near a building where the Nazi German guards once stores possessions confiscated from prisoners. A body search revealed they'd picked up a fragment of a razor, part of a spoon, buttons and some glass thought to have once belonged to inmates. Perse School in Cambridge where the pair are students said they picked up the items without thinking. The statement said they'd apologised unreservedly for the offence they had caused and expressed real remorse for their actions. A spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum says it's a struggle to stop visitors pilfering artefacts. (SOUNDBITE)(Polish) AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM MEDIA OFFICER BARTOSZ BARTYZEL SAYING: "This year about 1.5 million people are visiting the memorial site. It's inconceivable that those arriving here just take the objects found here for themselves. We must remember that this place isn't just as museum, it's primarily a place of remembrance." About 1.5 million people, mostly European Jews, were gassed, shot, hanged or burned at Auschwitz during World War Two. The site near Krakow's become a poignant symbol of the Nazi holocaust which claimed six million lives.