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Vandals deface former convent near Auschwitz

Vandals stuck axes in a picture of Christ and sprayed anti-Semitic slogans on the walls of a building next to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, police said on Monday.

The perpetrators appeared to have entered the building through a window where the former camp is located.

The nuns who lived in the building moved on orders from the Vatican following protests from Jewish groups around the world, which objected to the location of the convent so close to the former death camp.

The building is located across the wall from the former camp where Nazis killed more than one million Jews during World War II. It served as a convent between 1984 and 1993.