Auschwitz ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign stolen

'Work Sets You Free' sign that hangs above the entrance to the former Auschwitz death camp was stolen early Friday.

Poland

The famous sign reading “work sets you free” that hangs above the Aushwitz Nazi death camp in Poland was stolen early Friday morning from the camp turned museum.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

The 16-foot sign bearing the German words “Arbeit Macht Frei” – “Work Sets You Free” – spanned the main entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed during World War II.

Working under the cover of darkness and timing their theft between regular security patrols, the culprits unscrewed the 90-pound steel banner on one side and tore it off on the other, then carried it 300 yards to an opening in a concrete wall.

The opening, which had been left intentionally to preserve a poplar tree dating back to the war, was blocked by four metal bars, which the thieves cut. Footprints in the snow led to the nearby road, where police believe the sign was loaded onto a vehicle.

…The slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” appeared at the entrances of other Nazi camps, including Dachau and Sachsenhausen, but the long curving sign at Auschwitz is the best known.

What do you think this act suggests?

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    • Paradigm
    • December 19th, 2009

    At first I thought it was kids, but given the size and weight of it I reckon Nazis. It’s probably hard to sell anyway.

  1. exactly, I was thinking it was a kid prank at first too. thanks for reading.

    -SadieSynonymous

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