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Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign
Times Online ^ | December 18, 2009 | Roger Boyes

Posted on 12/18/2009 6:16:40 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

Arbeit macht Frei - work sets you free

Roger Boyes

A gang of thieves in Poland has stolen the infamous wrought iron sign announcing that “work sets you free” that spans the main gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The long, curving sign, reading “Arbeit macht frei”, was erected by the Nazis soon after the old Auschwitz barracks were converted into a labour and extermination centre in 1940. It was supposed to suggest that hard work would eventually allow inmates to walk free.

But, as Auschwitz was turned into a major hub for the Holocaust, murdering over a million people, the majority of them Jews, the sign became a mocking, cynical commentary.

“It seems that a gang of perhaps three people unscrewed the sign between three o’clock and five o’clock on Friday morning,” said the spokesman for the police in southern Poland, Dariusz Nowak. “They must have used a ladder and had a car waiting for them.”

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; holocaust; ratcrime; ww2
Do these clowns think they are going to sell the sign on eBay?

A$$holes.

1 posted on 12/18/2009 6:16:41 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

idiots.


2 posted on 12/18/2009 6:20:44 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: DogByte6RER

Ready to be hung over Obama’s gulag.


3 posted on 12/18/2009 6:21:11 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: DogByte6RER

0bama needed it here.


4 posted on 12/18/2009 6:21:36 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 331 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: vladimir998

I hope they find the sign and I hope they put these idiots in jail and throw away the key.


5 posted on 12/18/2009 6:21:58 PM PST by Radl
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To: beethovenfan

Darn you.


6 posted on 12/18/2009 6:23:50 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 331 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I confess I didn’t know the true meaning of the phrase on the sign. I kew the literal stranslation, but thought it was not a promise of eventual freedom, but an insult to the Jews imprisoned there. In the sense of, you will work, instead of engage inusury or whatever other imagined sin.


7 posted on 12/18/2009 6:31:01 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: DogByte6RER
The place should be considered a shrine to the victims of fascism and this theft a desecration.

Believe me, this country could profit from the lesson of fascism.

8 posted on 12/18/2009 6:36:05 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: DogByte6RER

They most definitely need to find that sign! (I’m going to Poland in 2010) That sign is priceless because of its history. I hope it wasn’t stolen for some rich neo-nazi.


9 posted on 12/18/2009 6:39:38 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: Radl

Whoever is responsible deserves a curb-stomping beatdown.


10 posted on 12/18/2009 6:47:01 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: vladimir998

No! Not idiots.
Probably a couple of “reformed communists”, believing that this is what free enterprise is.
..and why wouldn’t they? The figurehead of the United States Hussein Mmm Mmm Mmm would agree with them.


11 posted on 12/18/2009 7:07:16 PM PST by PoParma
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To: GOP_Resurrected

“...but an insult to the Jews imprisoned there.”

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To ALL imprisoned there; not just the Jews.


12 posted on 12/18/2009 7:40:02 PM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: DogByte6RER

Was it Obama? ;)


13 posted on 12/18/2009 7:41:19 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Third time today, wow! They must have found it the other two times!


14 posted on 12/18/2009 7:42:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DogByte6RER

IBBF (In Before Bush’s Fault!)


15 posted on 12/18/2009 7:43:16 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DogByte6RER

This is not my own idea, but another FReeper suggested checking Pat Buchanan’s barn.


16 posted on 12/18/2009 7:44:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Check E-Bay.


17 posted on 12/18/2009 7:46:17 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: GOP_Resurrected

That comes from the era of serfdom in Germany. If a serf could live for a year in one of the free cities, he was no longer bound to his lord. Of course, he had to do some kind of paid labor to survive in a city for a year, so “Work makes you free.” The same idea is found in “City air makes a free man.”


19 posted on 12/18/2009 8:26:53 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: DogByte6RER

Its being hung over the door of the Federal Reserve as we speak.


20 posted on 12/18/2009 9:01:40 PM PST by blackminorca
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To: OneWingedShark

I’m betting on muslims being the perps.


21 posted on 12/19/2009 6:31:21 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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