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Netanyahu Unwittingly Secreted Original Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel

The Times of Israel reports: BERLIN — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought back original blueprints of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp to Israel from Germany seven years ago, likely without knowing he was doing something illegal, according to a German journalist.

The blueprints were given to Netanyahu on a trip to Germany, according to Kai Diekmann.

Diekmann, the former chief editor of Bild Zeitung, Germany’s most-read daily, said the German Federal Archives and Ministry of Interior wanted to hold on to the historical documents, which were drawn by an Auschwitz prisoner and include the signature of Heinrich Himmler. But Diekmann thought they belonged in Yad Vashem and presented them to Netanyahu in August 2009 in Berlin.

The blueprints are now in the archives at Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based Holocaust memorial.

Netanyahu could not have been prosecuted for simply accepting the gift and bringing it home, Diekmann said.

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