Press: all bronze plaques stolen from Holocaust victims’ graves recovered, but broken

22-04-2008

Czech police have recovered all of the bronze name plaques which were stolen from the graves of Holocaust victims in Northern Bohemia two weeks ago. Tuesday’s edition of Mladá fronta Dnes reports that thieves stole more than 800 name plates from the national cemetery in Terezín, which they then sold for scrap. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident, and if found guilty, could face up to eight years in prison. The scrap-yard owner who bought the plates, however, is unlikely to be prosecuted, a police spokesperson told the daily. The damage that the Holocaust memorial suffered is thought to have run into millions of crowns, all of the bronze plates were found broken into pieces. A private security firm has been guarding the graveyard from any further thefts since the beginning of this week.