Poland's Senate amended a law on former Nazi death camps on Thursday to allow a giant cross erected in 1988 to remain by the Auschwitz museum, but to remove some 200 smaller crosses planted around it over the past year.
    Jewish organizations had said the crosses disturb the memory of more than 1 million Jews killed at Auschwitz and nearby Birkenau and should be removed.
    The Senate voted 58-7 with 26 abstentions for the amendment, which now goes to the lower house, the Sejm. A vote could be held as early as Friday.
    The tall cross, which stands 26 feet high, was used during the 1979 mass celebrated by Polish-born Pope John Paul II at Birkenau. It was placed outside the gates of Auschwitz in 1988 to commemorate 152 Poles executed on that site by Nazis in 1941, and is visible from inside the camp.
    Roman Catholics from across Poland planted scores of smaller crosses around it to protest the demands for its removal.

11:39am 23/4/99 / AP


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