Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stolen Auschwitz Entrance Gate Sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" Returned

The stolen Auschwitz entrance gate sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" which was recovered damaged (cut into three pieces) has been returned to the camp's museum. The sign will now be restored if possible, but it will not be ready in time for the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation. No decision has been made regarding if the sign will be put back in its place.

"Police handed the damaged wrought iron sign to officials at the camp's museum and they will now try to restore it.

The museum said it was not yet clear if the sign, which thieves cut into three pieces, will be put back in place.

Five Polish men have been charged over the theft, and prosecutors are also pursuing a suspected Swedish neo-Nazi.
The repairs mean it will not be back in place for ceremonies on 27 January marking the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.

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