British schoolboys fined for Auschwitz theft

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TWO boys from an exclusive, fee-paying school who were arrested at Auschwitz on Monday for stealing artefacts from the holocaust memorial have been fined and released.
Polish police confirmed that the 17-year-olds had been fined 1,000 zloty (€240) and given one year’s probation, suspended for three years, after trying to take spoons, a comb, buttons and pieces of glass from the area at the site where Nazi guards stored the belongings of the death camp victims. The pair were held for one night in a prison for young people.
The boys were at the museum on a school trip as part of their history course. A statement from their school, the £15,000-a-year independent school Perse, in Cambridge, said: “The boys, neither of whom is yet 18, picked up the fragments in the Canada section of the camp. They cooperated fully with the authorities and admitted taking the items. They are deeply sorry for the offence they have caused.”


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