Rotem Bides, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, has been accused of stealing several relics from the Auschwitz for her final project at the Beit Berl College’s Faculty of Art, including a sign warning visitors not to remove anything from the camp’s grounds.
Budes, 27, took six trips to the death camp, slowly building up her collection of pilfered items which has grown to include shards of glass, small bowls, a metal screw, soil.
After learning of the theft, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum says it plans to file an official complaint against her with the Polish public prosecutor general.
But Bides expressed no regret, telling reporters, “I felt it was something I had to do. Millions of people were murdered based on the moral laws of a certain country, under a certain regime. And if these are the laws, I can go there and act according to my own laws. The statement I’m making here is that laws are determined by humans, and that morality is something that changes from time to time and from culture to culture.” Read more at YNet.