Stolen death camp exhibit returns to Poland
August 29, 2013 3:14PM
U.S. ambassador Stephen Mull, right, hands over to Polands deputy Culture Minister Malgorzata Omilanowska, left, a prisoners cap from a World War II death camp, in a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, Aug.29, 2013, attended by the head of Polands police, Marek Dzialoszynski, center. The cap had been stolen from the museum of the former Nazi death camp of Majdanek and put up this year for sale at online auction in the U.S. where it was spotted by an anonymous antique dealer who notified Polish authorities. Thanks to cooperation with the FBI it was withdrawn from the auction and is being returned to the museum. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull has returned to Polish authorities a prisoner’s cap from the Nazi death camp of Majdanek that was spotted in an online auction site in the United States, priced at $1,750.
The gray-and-blue striped cap had been stolen from the Majdanek museum, in eastern Poland, before 1995, when visitors had easy access to exhibits.
An anonymous caller notified Polish authorities in June that the cap was on sale. The FBI helped retrieve it, while forensic tests in Poland confirmed that it came from Majdanek.
Mull handed it to Poland’s Deputy Culture Minister Malgorzata Omilanowska on Thursday. The cap immediately returns to the museum, which preserves the memory of some 80,000 people, mostly Jews, who died there between 1941 and 1944.