An American visitor to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp tried to steal a metal part of the rail tracks where prisoners were unloaded, officials said.
The 37-year-old man has been charged with attempted theft of an item of cultural importance. The crime can be punished with up to 10 years in prison. The man admitted his guilt but has been released until further steps are taken. The memorial museum’s security team heard that the man was trying to remove the metal on the rail tracks and then alerted police.