Hundreds of bronze plaques were stolen from the cemetery at the former Terezin concentration camp.
Officials from the Terezin memorial and museum said last week’s theft of 327 plaques containing the names of Holocaust victims had more to do with the bronze rather than any political statements.
The officials added that security at the site north of Prague is lacking because of financial problems. Restoring the plaques with a cheaper resin material to discourage thieves would cost $64,000, they said.
Some 35,000 people died at Terezin between 1941 and 1945. More than 150,000 passed through the camp during that time. Some were sent on to Nazi camps in the east, particularly Auschwitz, where nearly all perished.