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Tourists charged with stealing bricks from Auschwitz

Two Hungarian tourists have been handed suspended jail terms after they were caught trying to pinch bricks from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. The pair said they wanted to bring home a "souvenir," according to police.

The Hungarian nationals were detained after other visitors at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp spotted the pair loading bricks from the ruins of a crematorium into a bag, Polish police said Monday.

Security officers were alerted and police were called to the scene.

"The man and woman were charged with theft of a cultural asset. They both admitted to wrongdoing," regional police press officer Mateusz Drwal told Polish news agency PAP.

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The 30-year-old woman and 36-year-old man were each fined €346 ($405) and handed a one-year prison sentence on probation.

"They explained that they had wanted to bring back a souvenir and didn't realize the consequences of their actions," Drwal said.

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Notorious concentration camp

Auschwitz-Birkenau is one of several death camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during the Second World War.

The Nazis murdered an estimated 1 million Jews there between 1940 and 1945. More than 100,000 others, including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and resistance fighters, were also killed at the camp.

It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. All objects on its premises are protected.

nm/kms (AFP, dpa)

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