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  • Crazed collector may be responsible for theft of Auschwitz sign

    12/21/2009 4:14:04 AM PST · by myknowledge · 27 replies · 1,221+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 21, 2009 | Roger Boyes
    A crazed collector may be behind the extraordinary theft from Auschwitz concentration camp of the "Arbeit Macht Frei“ sign, which was been recovered after a 72-hour nationwide manhunt by Polish police. The iron sign — which means “Work Sets you Free” — had been split into three parts, each separate word wrapped in cloth and hidden in Polish woodland. Five men, aged between 20 and 39 from the Torun area of northern Poland, have been arrested and Andrzej Rokita, deputy commander of Cracow police, described them as non-political. “We can say that none of the five are members of a...
  • Auschwitz Sign Recovered-Five Detained

    12/20/2009 9:09:16 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 569+ views
    One of the most chilling reminders of the Holocaust has been found by the Polish Government. The sign outside the Auschwitz concentration camp which said Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Will Set You Free) was taken down from the gate of the former death camp sometime Friday night. Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said police believe it was stolen between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday morning, when museum guards noticed that it was missing and alerted police. Padlo also said that the iron sign, which spanned a gate at the main entrance to the former Nazi death camp in southern Poland,...
  • Police in Poland find sign stolen from Auschwitz gate - "Arbeit macht frei"

    12/20/2009 7:31:01 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 1,435+ views
    bbc ^ | 21 December 2009
    The "Arbeit macht frei" sign stolen from Auschwitz in southern Poland has been found in the north and five men have been arrested, police say. They said the metal sign from the main gate, which symbolises for many the atrocities of Nazi Germany, had been cut into three pieces. A major search was launched after the sign was stolen before dawn on Friday. Its theft, the motive for which was not being reported, caused outrage in Israel and among Polish politicians. Five men in their 20s or 30s were detained and were being taken to Krakow for questioning, a police...
  • Neo-Nazis suspected of raid on Auschwitz ‘to rewrite history’

    12/18/2009 9:45:07 PM PST · by myknowledge · 42 replies · 1,697+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 19, 2009
    The slickly organised theft of one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust sent a wave of outrage around the world yesterday. The sign that hung over the gates of Auschwitz extermination camp, where more than a million people died during the Second World War, was stolen in minutes. Polish police suspect that the culprits were either neo-Nazis or acting on behalf of collectors or a group of individuals. The slogan wrought in iron, Arbeit Macht Frei (“Work sets you free”), was the cynical welcome to those entering the camp in the 1940s. One million of the 1.1 million...
  • Thieves steal Auschwitz's 'Arbeit macht frei' entrance sign

    12/18/2009 6:16:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 991+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 18, 2009 | Roger Boyes
    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...
  • Poland declares state of emergency after 'Arbeit Macht Frei' stolen from Auschwitz

    12/18/2009 11:32:47 AM PST · by dmartin · 34 replies · 1,859+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 18, 2009 | Kate Connolly
    A state of emergency was announced in Poland today involving tightened border controls and random police checks as a nationwide hunt was launched for the infamous bronze sign to the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz after it was stolen.
  • Poland: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

    12/18/2009 10:32:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 823+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12/18/09 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and KRZYSZTOF KOPACZ,
    OSWIECIM, Poland The Nazis' infamous iron sign declaring "Arbeit Macht Frei" German for "Work Sets You Free" was stolen Friday from the entrance of the former Auschwitz death camp, Polish police said. The 5-meter-long (16-foot-long), 40-kilogram (90-pound) iron sign at the Holocaust memorial site in southern Poland was unscrewed on one side and torn off on the other, police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo said.
  • Police: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

    12/18/2009 12:04:59 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 1,091+ views
    AP ^ | 2009/12/18
    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.
  • The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz

    11/29/2009 12:35:13 AM PST · by the scotsman · 18 replies · 1,787+ views
    BBC News ^ | 28th November 2009 | Rob Broomby
    'When millions would have done anything to get out, one remarkable British soldier smuggled himself into Auschwitz to witness the horror so he could tell others the truth.'
  • Auschwitz Launches Facebook Page

    10/15/2009 3:25:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 397+ views
    WA Today ^ | October 16, 2009
    The memorial museum at Auschwitz has launched a Facebook page, hoping that the popular social networking site will help it reach young people around the globe and engage them in discussions about the former Nazi death camp and the Holocaust. The site, which opened earlier this week, already has more than 1,800 "fans" who have subscribed, with the number growing by the hour - some 500 signed up Thursday morning alone. Many have left messages in English, Hebrew and Polish, the majority expressing the sentiment: "Never again." "This is a kind of an experiment," memorial spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The...
  • Irena Sendler passed over for '07 Nobel Peace Prize for algore (MUST read-true heroine)

    10/12/2009 5:06:00 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 1,566+ views
    The Holocaust - the systematic annihilation of six million Jews - is a history of enduring horror and sorrow. The charred skeletons, the diabolic experiments, the death camps, the mass graves, the smoke from the chimneys ... In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed by the Nazis. 1.5 million children were murdered. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of handicapped children. Yet there...
  • Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit

    05/29/2009 11:42:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies · 1,548+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 29 May 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit The first time they discussed his participation in the war was when Mr Obama wrongly said during the campaign that Mr Payne had "liberated" Auschwitz. Opponents swiftly pointed out that had been done by the Red Army.
  • Message In A Bottle: Hidden Auschwitz message hailed as rare find

    05/06/2009 3:49:22 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 3,237+ views
    sfgate ^ | May 6, 2009 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA,
    A note hidden in a bottle by Auschwitz prisoners 65 years ago in a desperate attempt to preserve a small piece of themselves was added Wednesday to the archives of the Polish state-run museum dedicated to the memory of the former Nazi death camp's victims. Museum Director Piotr Cywinski hailed the document — a list of the names of seven camp inmates that was discovered last month — as a rare discovery and a cause for celebration, given that at least three of the prisoners are still living today.
  • Workmen in Poland Find Hidden Auschwitz Camp Letter

    04/28/2009 12:27:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,308+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 28 Apr 2009
    The note, written in pencil then rolled up and inserted in a bottle, contains the names of seven young people who probably thought they were doomed to die in the notorious Auschwitz death camp. A construction crew renovating a cellar near the Auschwitz site discovered the bottle hidden in a concrete wall, officials said on Monday. Dated September 9, 1944, the note bears the names, camp numbers and hometowns of the seven prisoners -- six from Poland and one from France. "All of them are between the ages of 18 and 20," the final sentence reads. "They were young people...
  • My Visit To AuschwitzMore Articles

    02/12/2009 7:43:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 42 replies · 1,515+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Feb 11 2009 | Christopher Buckley
    My Visit To Auschwitz More Articles By Christopher Buckley Christopher Buckley Posted Feb 11 2009 Editor's Note: Several years ago, the bestselling novelist Christopher Buckley, accompanied by his late father, the writer and iconic conservative intellectual William F. Buckley Jr., visited Auschwitz. He had never published his haunting account of that experience, but the current furor over Bishop Richard Williamson's claim that the Holocaust is largely a myth and "not one" Jew was gassed at Auschwitz compelled him to do so on The Daily Beast website, where he is a regular contributor. February 19, 2001 You go through...
  • Gaza and Auschwitz, a comparison

    03/16/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT · by Alouette · 11 replies · 1,286+ views
    Vicious Babushka ^ | Mar. 16, 2009 | Vicious Babushka
    The next time some doofus tries to claim that "Gaza is just like Auschwitz" please refer them to this link.
  • Many British schoolchildren can't identify Auschwitz

    03/10/2009 11:47:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 935+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Tue, Mar 10, 2009 | Bruce Tomaso
    According to this item from The Times of London, a survey of secondary students in Great Britain (age 11 to 16) revealed that many could not identify Auschwitz -- even though Holocaust studies are part of the national curriculum. The Times cites a poll of students done by the British Press Association. It found that "about 10% were not sure what it [Auschwitz] was, 8% thought it was a country bordering Germany, 2% thought it was a beer, the same proportion said it was a religious festival and a further 1% said it was a type of bread."
  • German firm 'used hair from Auschwitz to make car parts'

    03/03/2009 6:56:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,508+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Mar 2009 | Tony Paterson
    One of the pillars of German industry, the giant but debt-crippled Schaeffler car parts supplier, was accused yesterday of using hair shorn from at least 40,000 Auschwitz death camp prisoners to make textiles at its factories in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. The highly disturbing allegations were contained in new evidence unearthed by Polish historians at the Auschwitz museum, who said they had found rolls of fabric made from camp inmates' hair at a former Schaeffler factory in Poland's southern region of Silesia. The discovery was the latest in a series of damaging blows for the ailing Schaeffler...
  • President visits Auschwitz-Birkenau on the anniversary of its liberation

    01/27/2009 6:44:05 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 13 replies · 431+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | Jan 27 09 | Warsaw Business Journal
    President Lech Kaczyński will today visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp. The visit will commemorate the 64th anniversary of the camp's liberation.
  • Should Auschwitz Be Left to dDecay?

    01/26/2009 11:35:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies · 1,401+ views
    On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, two experts on Auschwitz argue for and against the idea that the former Nazi death camp should be allowed to crumble away. Historian Robert Jan Van Pelt says that once the last survivor has died it should be left for nature to reclaim, and eventually forgotten. But former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, once an inmate, says Auschwitz must be preserved to bear witness to the fate of its victims. ROBERT JAN VAN PELT, HISTORIAN AND AUTHORMany Auschwitz survivors have told me that a visit to the camp can teach little to those...