Nine held for price fixing trips to Nazi death camps

Visitors walk under the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign at the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland. (File, AP)
Visitors walk under the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign at the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland. (File, AP)

Jerusalem - Israeli police have arrested several people for involvement in price fixing high school trips to Nazi death camps in Poland.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday that nine people were arrested and that police searched offices and confiscated equipment and receipts.

Preserving the memory of the Holocaust has become a central tenet of Israeli identity. Students learn about the Holocaust from a young age and thousands of high school pupils make an annual journey to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps in Europe in visits that some view as a rite of passage.

About 6 million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in Europe during WWII.

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