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article imageAuschwitz requests return of barracks lent to U.S.

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Feb 29, 2012 in World
The Auschwitz Museum is requesting the return of a set of barracks it lent to the U.S. Holocaust Museum over 20 years ago.
According to Reuters, the 20 year lease for the barracks ended back in 2009.
The Associated Press (via Sun Sentinel) reports that the U.S. is hesitant in returning the barracks. Officials at the U.S. Holocaust Museum believe that the barracks could sustain damage if they are returned at this point.
Poland is insisting that the barracks be returned in accordance to a Polish law passed in 2003 which states that historical monuments and artifacts of the country can only be rented out for a maximum of five years.
According to AFP (via Yahoo! News), officials from both museums are trying to negotiate in order to resolve the issue.
Auschwitz was the site of one of the most notorious concentration camps during World War II when Poland was under the occupation of Nazi Germany. Over one million prisoners, most of them Jewish, perished in the confines of the camp.
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