‘Work Makes You Free’ Sign Stolen from Dachau Concentration Camp
Part of the iron gate greeting Dachau prisoners with a sign saying “Work Makes You Free” in German was stolen.
The sign, which reads “Arbeit Macht Frei,” was discovered missing from the former concentration camp early Sunday morning, The Associated Press reported. The stolen section of the gate from the prisoners’ entrance measures about 6 feet by 3 feet.
A private firm provides security to the former Dachau camp but there are no surveillance cameras. There are no suspects.
Dachau, which is about 10 miles from Munich, was the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany.
The theft comes five years after the 16-foot metal sign from the front gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp was stolen and recovered across the country 72 hours later cut in three pieces. Repairing the sign took several months.
Five Polish men were convicted of carrying out the theft on behalf of a Swedish citizen, Anders Hogstrom, who acted as a middleman for a neo-Nazi buyer. Hogstrom founded the far-right National Socialist Front party in Sweden in 1994.