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Germans 'stole' Auschwitz personnel files

The Local · 17 Jan 2012, 08:01

Published: 17 Jan 2012 08:01 GMT+01:00

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The Auschwitz Museum filed a criminal complaint with Polish prosecutors on Monday following media reports that the rare documents detailing people who worked at the death camp, had been smuggled out of the country.

"We've notified prosecutors (...) and the Institute of National Remembrance about the possibility of a crime having been committed after having heard media reports" alleging rare archives had been smuggled, Auschwitz Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki said.

Two unidentified German nationals are reported to have unearthed three crates of documents with the details of personnel that had worked at the notorious death camp during World War II.

Polish media reported the crates were found in Przelecz Kowarska, in southwestern Poland and near the German border by the Germans, and a Pole named Mieczyslaw Bojko.

These apparently rare, historical documents should have been handed over to Polish authorities, Sawicki said.

Nazi Germany killed about 1.1 million people at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1940 and 1945, the vast majority of whom were Jews. The other victims were mostly non-Jewish Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

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08:31 January 17, 2012 by Landmine
A good article about this should have included where the crate was dug up....
09:03 January 17, 2012 by Englishted
Going back a week ,do the Germans now blame the Poles for not keeping them safe and secure.(see article about stolen German cars).
09:32 January 17, 2012 by MaKo
What do we mean by "dug up"? Were the documents in question literally unearthed? Because from watching cartoons on KiKa, I can tell you that burying things on your property isn't the most secure way to keep something of value.
11:43 January 17, 2012 by wood artist

The article provides a general location. Were you looking for something more specific...or was that added after your comment?

20:09 January 17, 2012 by mikel taylor
Give the exact location and every Nazi hunter on the planet will be booking flights to this location, normally I fault the Local with not giving the location of its stories except to mention a general location ,but in this case keeping it general is a good idea,
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