Friday, December 18, 2009

Auschwitz Entrance Gate Sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" Was Stolen

The entrance gate to Auschwitz sign that read "Arbeit Macht Frei" which translates to "Work Sets You Free" was stolen last night / early this morning.

Update (12/20/2009): Found and was damaged End of Update:

Picture embedded below.


"Thieves on Friday stole the notorious metal sign hanging over the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz that reads "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work makes free"), police said.

Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished in the Nazi death camp located in southern Poland during World War Two. Prisoners arriving at the camp used to enter via a relatively small iron gate topped by the German-language motto.
"Around 5 am today the museum administration informed us that the sign has been stolen. The whole area is under surveillance, there are many cameras there. We are now analyzing the film. I hope we will find the trail," a spokesman for the local police told TVP Info television.

The daily Gazeta Wyborcza said on its website that the museum authorities had already installed a replica sign over the gate that had been used briefly a few years ago when the original was being repaired.


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