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Portuguese teenagers handed sentence for Auschwitz vandalism

Two Portuguese teenagers have been handed a one-year jail sentence suspended for two years for damaging property at the Auschwitz former German Nazi concentration camp in southern Poland.

The 17-year-olds were detained in July after they scratched their names in the stonework of the main gate leading to the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp.

They were ordered to pay PLN 1,000 to the Auschwitz Museum.

In a ruling on Wednesday, a judge at a district court in Oswięcim, southern Poland, said that the accused were “very young and did not previously have a criminal record”.

Auschwitz from May 1940 to 27 January 1945

Around 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, as well as non-Jewish Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet POWs and people of many other nationalities, perished at Auschwitz at the hands of the German Nazis occupying Poland during World War II.

Poland founded the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on the site of Auschwitz I and II, and in 1979, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


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