Skip to comments.Police: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen
Posted on 12/18/2009 12:04:59 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
WARSAW, Poland Polish police say the infamous iron sign over the gate to the Auschwitz memorial site with the cynical phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" German for "Work Sets You Free" has been stolen.
Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said police believe it was stolen between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday, when museum guards noticed that it was missing and alerted police.
She says police have launched an intensive search. She says there are currently no suspects but police are pursuing several theories.
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police are pursuing several theories.
Maybe they will catch one.
Wasn’t obama just in europe?
Extremely important historical object. Would probably end up in a WWII collection belonging to someone.
Check the local mosques.
Obama staffers took it to present to their Muslim boss today.
I hear he wants to put it on top of the entrance to the planned mosqueument that is going to be placed on the site of the old National Cathedral.
True, a unique souvenir of the infamous era. But for the same reason the new owner could never talk about it.
Nothing comes up when I try.
Unless some deadbeat drug addict sells it as scrap metal to a scrap dealer. I don’t know if they have a big problem with that in Europe, but in the US it would have a big chance of getting melted down as scrap. The dealers don’t ask any questions, and since they couldn’t sell it on eBay without the police coming to arrest them, they’d figure they might as well melt it down and get $10 out of it.
I don’t think that they will melt it down.Its going to end up in someone’s private collection.
The Poles will prolly have a new one made for display purposes at the site.
It’s interesting to me that it was even possible to filch the sign. Wouldn’t the site draw enough ire from those whose families perished in concentration camps that it would need to be carefully watched to prevent vandalism? Maybe some really pi$$ed off Jew really has had the durn thing melted down.
No worries. Obama will return it after he's gotten his own made up for us.
If I’m not mistaken, this was not the original sign, but a replica put up by the Polish government back in the 60’s or 70’s.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
That was my first thought.
My girlfriend was a volunteer docent there back in the 80’s. She used to take groups of people around and show them the horrors of the place. I thought it was fairly well maintained and guarded at the time.
Perhaps things have changed.....
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