WARSAW (AFP)—A Frenchman arrested in possession of two pieces of barbed wire from the German-era Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland was freed Saturday, officials said.   
The man in his fifties was detained Friday after a scanner detected the wire in his hand luggage during a security check at the airport in Krakow, 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the site of the camp.   
“He admitted having taken the pieces as a souvenir of his visit to Auschwitz, However the local prosecutor said the barbed wire had been left over from renovation, not cut from the fence surrounding the camp.  
Of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, 1.1 million were murdered at the site, mostly in its notorious gas chambers, along with tens of thousands of others including Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.