Irish tourist carves name into wall at Auschwitz
An Irish tourist has pleaded guilty to carving his name into a wall at the former Auschwitz concentration camp.
The 32-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after security guards at the former Nazi extermination camp saw him engrave his name in one of the bunkhouses with a coin.
He was brought to Oswiecim police station, where he was questioned in relation to the crime of damaging a building of special cultural interest.
A spokeswoman said the Irish tourist was later brought to the district prosecutor and charged with the offence.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and has since been released, with a punishment expected to be set over the coming weeks.
The maximum sentence for damaging a culturally significant building is up to 10 years' imprisonment.
The police spokeswoman said: "Police in Oswiecim were informed by the museum guard of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau of the capturing of an Irish national (32), suspected of the inscribing by a coin his name on one of the bunkhouse in Brzezinka.
"By his act, he committed a crime of damaging the building of special cultural interest, that's why he was arrested and brought to the police station in Oswiecim."
In 2016, two Portuguese teenagers received two-year suspended sentences after carving their names in antique bricks at the site.
More than 1.1 million people were killed at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp between 1940 and 1945.