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Jewish man gets trapped in Auschwitz - then arrested when he tried to escape

A Jewish leader got trapped in Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day - and when he tried to make his way out he was arrested.

Ricardo Pacifici, who is the head of Rome's Jewish community, was filming a live TV interview after a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation.

When he and the Portuguese television crew went to leave, they realised they were locked inside.

They spent an hour in freezing temperatures of -9C trying to alert someone for help.

The group then attempted to leave through a box office window, but tripped an alarm which automatically alerted security and the Polish police - who arrested them.

They were questioned at Auschwitz before being taken to a local police station. There they were interrogated through an interpreter for three hours and then released.

Mr Pacifici's grandparents were murdered in the Nazi death camp.

iGraphic: Auschwitz-Birkenau 

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