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  • #16
    I actually found it interesting that my old boss who was South African Jewish of Lithuanian extraction had the same words written on the top of the main entrance of his warehouse.

    He always had a twisted sense of humour but i was kinda shocked considering his background.
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    • #17
      Well it's been found...in peices

      Polish police retrieve damaged Auschwitz gate sign

      By Associated Press Writer Monika Scislowska

      WARSAW, Poland Polish police found the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen from the gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz after an intensive three-day hunt and arrested five suspects, police said early Monday. The sign was found cut into three pieces.

      Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo told The Associated Press that the sign was found Sunday night in northern Poland, the other end of the country from the southern Polish town where the Auschwitz memorial museum is located and where it disappeared before dawn Friday.

      Padlo said police detained five men between the ages of 25 and 39 and took them for questioning to Krakow, which is the regional command of the area that includes the Auschwitz museum.

      Another police spokesman, Dariusz Nowak, said the 16-foot (5-meter) sign, made of hollow steel, was found cut into three pieces, each containing one of the words. The cruelly ironic phrase means "Work Sets You Free" and ran completely counter to the purpose of Auschwitz, which began as a concentration camp for political prisoners during the Nazi occupation of Poland and evolved into an extermination camp where Jews were gassed to death in factory-like fashion.

      The police refused to divulge any details of the circumstances in which the sign was found or to speculate on the motive of the perpetrators. They were expected to disclose more at a news conference in Krakow planned for 0800 GMT (3 a.m. EST) Monday.

      The sign that topped the main gate at the Auschwitz memorial site was stolen early Friday, setting off an international outcry at the disappearance of one of the most chilling and best known symbols of the Holocaust. State authorities made finding it a priority and appealed to all Poles for assistance.

      Museum authorities welcomed the news with huge relief despite the damage done to the sign. Spokesman Pawel Sawicki said conservation experts will have to determine how best to repair it and that the museum authorities hope to restore it to its place as soon as possible.

      Sawicki said the museum staff did not yet know who carried out the theft or why and were themselves waiting for more information from police.

      More than 1 million people, mostly Jews, but also Gypsies, Poles and others, died in the gas chambers or from starvation and disease while performing forced labor at Auschwitz, which Nazi Germany built in occupied Poland during World War II. The camp was liberated by the Soviet army on Jan. 27, 1945.

      Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Poland to act to find "these twisted criminals that desecrated the place where over a million Jews were murdered."

      "The sign is of the deepest historical importance to the Jewish people and the whole world, and is a tombstone for more than a million Jews," Netanyahu said. Link
      I'd love to know what the motive was on this.
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      • #18
        Apparently the 5 detained are known scumbags , they are not connected to neo nazi groups and it looks like the motive was for financial gain , possibly a robbery to order for some sicko :(

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        • #19
          Originally posted by tankie View Post
          Apparently the 5 detained are known scumbags , they are not connected to neo nazi groups and it looks like the motive was for financial gain , possibly a robbery to order for some sicko :(
          There's a big surprise.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
            There's a big surprise.

            Reuters

            Polish police detained five men on Monday for stealing the metal sign that hung over the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, and said they were common thieves, not neo-Nazis. Skip related content

            Last Friday's theft triggered widespread outrage, especially from Israel and Jewish groups, amid fears of a political motive.

            The sign, which carries the German motto "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work makes you free"), is a powerful symbol of the Holocaust committed by the Nazis against the Jews. The police said it had been cut into three pieces.

            "None of the five suspects is a member of a neo-Nazi group," said Andrzej Rokita, district police chief in the southern Polish city of Krakow, which is near the site of Auschwitz.

            "Their motive was undoubtedly theft. We'll be able to say later whether the crime was ordered or they acted on their own initiative," he told a news conference.


            Police said the suspects, aged between 20 and 39, had previous convictions for various crimes including robbery and physical assault. One of them ran his own construction firm.

            Authorities had made recovering the sign a national priority and the museum that runs Auschwitz offered a reward worth nearly $40,000. Police said they had received more than 100 calls offering information.

            Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished at the death camp during Nazi Germany's occupation of Poland in World War Two. Arriving prisoners used to enter via a small iron gate topped by the sign.

            "ASSAULT ON HISTORY"

            More than 200 hectares (500 acres) of the former death camp became a museum after the war ended.

            Jewish groups welcomed the news the sign had been recovered.

            "The theft of the symbol of Auschwitz was not merely an act of vandalism. It was a crime against mankind and memory," the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants said in a statement.

            "Punishment should be swiftly meted out to those involved in this assault on history."

            Welcoming the recovery of the sign, Jerusalem's Holocaust remembrance centre, Yad Vashem, highlighted need for education.

            "We must continue to work towards meaningful Holocaust education, so that the symbols of the Holocaust will be infused with meaning that will help build a better future, and can serve as catalyst in the fight against anti-Semitism and racism," Chairman Avner Shalev said in a statement.

            Israeli President Shimon Peres had personally appealed to the Polish government to recover the sign.

            One Polish lawmaker from Prime Minister Donald Tusk's centre-right Civic Platform, Jaroslaw Gowin, said over the weekend he feared the theft had been meant to disgrace Poland internationally.

            Museum authorities said the gate from which the sign was removed was not directly monitored by closed-circuit cameras.

            The motto became a symbol of the Nazis' efforts to give their victims a false sense of security before murdering them.

            Auschwitz prisoners died of diseases, sub-zero temperatures, starvation and in medical experiments as well as being gassed.

            Hundreds of thousands visit the museum every year, but ticket sales are not enough to maintain the open-air site with its 155 buildings -- including the gas chambers -- 300 ruined facilities and hundreds of thousands of personal items.

            Poland has appealed for international donations and Britain and Germany, among others, have offered money.

            In January, Poland marks the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army

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            • #21
              So apparently, they might have not been neo-nazis, just neo-douchebags
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