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Irish tourist admits defacing Auschwitz memorial

Irish tourist admits defacing Auschwitz memorial

  • 11 October 2018

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Auschwitz fence, 12 Jan 05Image copyright AFP
Image caption Fence at Auschwitz

An Irish tourist has admitted to defacing a memorial at Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp.

It is understood he scratched his name on a wall.

He was detained by security guards at the site in Poland last Sunday, a local prosecutor confirmed to Irish national broadcaster RTÉ .

The tourist was charged in the nearby town of Oświęcim, in the presence of a translator, with breaching Article 335 of the Polish Penal Code.

A prosecutor told RTÉ the man, who reports say is 38, admitted defacing the memorial and agreed to a punishment, which will be made public after a court hearing.

The use of an accelerated process means that the tourist, whose name was not released, will not have to return for the hearing.

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Image caption Thousands of victims were murdered daily at Auschwitz

The court process is expected to take two months.

Nearly one million Jews were murdered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex. Tens of thousands of others also died, mainly Poles.

The site, now a museum and memorial, is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

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