Monday, December 21, 2009

Auschwitz sign stolen; found

A gang had stolen the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp sign, 'Arbeit Macht Frei [Works Sets You Free]'. On realising, Poland immediately declared a state of emergency, and has now found it.

Unfortunately, 'half-unscrewed, half-torn off from above the death camp's gate', the sign 'had been cut into three pieces'.

Five people have been arrested; but police have not revealed the (suspected or known) motive.

BBC. 2009: "Police in Poland find sign stolen from Auschwitz gate". BBC News, 21st December. Available at:

Connolly, K. 2009: "Poland declares state of emergency after 'Arbeit Macht Frei' stolen from Auschwitz". The Guardian, 18th December. Available at:

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