Two British students have been arrested in Poland on suspicion of stealing artifacts from the former concentration camp Auschwitz.
The former concentration camp is now a museum. On Monday, guards discovered the teens while they dug in the ground in an area which during World War II was used to sort the personal items that were confiscated from prisoners.
- They arrested them and discovered that they were in possession of potsherds, buttons, parts of a razor and a bit of a spoon, a spokesman at the museum told.
Both boys are 17 years old. They risk up to ten years in prison if they are found guilty of having stolen items from the camp, according to police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka. He also says that the area where the boys dug, is a place where one can still find objects that once belonged to the Nazi regime's victims.
The boys are from Cambridge and visited Auschwitz in connection with a school trip. According to a spokesman for the boys' school, they have given an unconditional apology and expressed true remorse.
The boys have explained that they picked up things from the ground without thinking.
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