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article imageIsraeli teen moons former Nazi German death camp

By AFP     Aug 13, 2018 in World

Polish police on Monday said they had detained an Israeli teenager after security cameras caught him exposing his rear at the former Nazi German death camp Majdanek.

The 17-year-old male, who was visiting the site near the eastern Polish city of Lublin with others from Israel, "pulled down his trousers while turning his back to the camp barracks" on Friday, local police press officer Andrzej Fijolek told AFP.

Police notified the teenager that he would be charged with "desecrating a monument or memorial," an offence that can result in either a fine or jail time.

"He admitted to the act and said he was willing to accept punishment," Fijolek said.

Before returning to Israel, the teenager handed over the 1,000 zloty (230 euros, $270) he had on him to go towards his future fine, Fijolek added.

Management of the museum located at the site told AFP that it "strongly condemns" the "indecent" and "revolting" act.

Nazi Germany set up the Majdanek camp in occupied Poland in 1941 and ran it until 1944.

A quarter of a million people, including more than 100,000 Jews, died at the camp, according to Polish historians.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people visit the former death camps installed by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

In March, an Israeli teenager was fined 1,200 euros for urinating at the largest of these sites, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A Polish court also jailed the organisers of an anti-war stunt that saw a dozen people strip naked at Auschwitz-Birkenau before one of them slaughtered a lamb last year.

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