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: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8423827.stm
Connolly, K. 2009: "Poland declares state of emergency after 'Arbeit Macht Frei' stolen from Auschwitz". The Guardian, 18th December. Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/18/auschwitz-arbeit-macht-frei-sign