Italian man cleared of Auschwitz barbed wire theft

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say a 66-year-old Italian man has been released without charges after being questioned over the alleged theft of a piece of barbed wire from Auschwitz museum.

Spokesman Mariusz Ciarka said the man was detained at Krakow airport Saturday after the wire was found in his luggage, but released after he led police to the area from where the 30-centimeter (1 foot) piece came.

Ciarka said taking the wire from that particular area did not violate laws protecting the memorial of the German Nazi death camp. The area is not under protection and represents no special historic significance.

The man said he had taken the wire as a memento to his father who died at Auschwitz.

Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, died at Auschwitz during World War II.

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