Controversial Convent Near Auschwitz Closed

Reuters

Poland's Roman Catholic Church has closed a Carmelite convent at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, ending a controversy that long soured relations with Jewish leaders.

The convent, which adjoins the former death camp's wall, was established in 1984 as a place of prayer for all the people who died at Auschwitz, including more than 1 million Jews.

Jews said the nuns' presence was an intrusion on the most symbolic monument to the 6 million victims of the Holocaust and demanded the nuns' removal.

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