A group of Roman Catholic nuns has given up rights to a building at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, five years after they vacated it on orders from Pope John Paul II. But a cross erected at the site remains a source of controversy between Catholics and Jews.

Speaking on March 2 after a meeting with representatives of the Carmelite order of nuns, a Polish Interior Ministry spokesman said agreement had been reached for the transfer of ownership of the building to Poland's State Treasury.During the Second World War, the building became a Nazi warehouse for the Zyklon B gas used in the gas chambers and also to store the valuables of the victims.