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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Auschwitz Mall Blow

WARSAW () -- A retail company has nixed plans to lease space in a mini-mall near the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, leaving the controversial project without its main client.

"We intend to withdraw from the lease agreement" with the Maja company, which owns the land and began building the shopping center last November, said Mariusz Wojdan of the Krakchemia company on Tuesday.

While criticizing media reports on the project as "much ado about nothing," Wojdan said his company decided to pull out "for social and political reasons."