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Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

A gang of thieves in Poland has stolen the infamous wrought iron sign announcing that “work sets you free” that spans the main gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The long, curving sign, reading “Arbeit macht frei”, was erected by the Nazis soon after the old Auschwitz barracks were converted into a labour and extermination centre in 1940. It was supposed to suggest that hard work would eventually allow inmates to walk free.

But, as Auschwitz was turned into a major hub for the Holocaust, murdering over a million people, the majority of them Jews, the sign became a mocking, cynical commentary.

“It seems that a gang of perhaps three people unscrewed the sign between three o’clock and five o’clock on Friday morning,” said the spokesman for the police in southern Poland, Dariusz Nowak. “They must have used a ladder and had a car waiting for them.” ..........

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6961672.ece


Israel's Holocaust museum has branded the theft an "act of war"!

Re: Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

Now found.


Auschwitz camp's stolen sign recovered in three pieces

Polish police arrest five men after nationwide search for symbol of suffering endured by millions at Nazi death camp

Polish police said last night that they had recovered the infamous bronze sign to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz after it was stolen on Friday. They said it had been cut into three pieces, each containing one of the words Arbeit Macht Frei (work sets you free).

Five men, aged between 25 and 39, were detained in northern Poland and taken yesterday for questioning to the southern city of Krakow, about 40 miles from Auschwitz.

A state of emergency involving tightened border controls and a nationwide search was declared in Poland last week after the theft of the sign, which was cast by camp prisoners and stands as a symbol of the suffering millions endured at the death camp.

The discovery on Friday morning that the sign had been wrenched from the top of the camp's entrance gate sparked an international outcry.

Avner Shalev, president of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel, called the theft "an attack on the remembrance of the Holocaust", while Jarek Mensfelt, from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, said it was a "desecration".

Police suspected that a gang was responsible because the theft was carefully carried out, with the perpetrators avoiding attracting the attention of night watchmen or CCTV cameras. Sniffer dogs led police to believe that the sign was removed through a hole in the camp fence before being loaded into a van.

More than one million people, mostly Jews, died at Auschwitz, which was liberated by Soviet troops 65 years ago, on 27 January 1945.

About 500 acres of the former death camp was turned into a museum after the war's end and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world now visit the site.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Re: Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

The Sky News presenter couldn't pronounce "Arbeit macht frei".

It came out "Arbit makt free"

UK education, you see.

You never encounter this sort of problem with France 24 - all their presenters are at least bilingual Eng-Fr AND ARE EDUCATED!!