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Auschwitz Sign Found!

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But not in its original condition.

Polish authorities have recovered the historical sign reading "Arbeit Macht Frei" from the Auschwitz museum that was stolen over the weekend, but it was found cut in to three pieces!

The police have detained 5 suspects between the ages of 25 and 39 and they were all taken to Krakow, Poland for questioning.

Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki has said that conservation experts are working on how to best repair the sign and return it to its rightful place.

We're glad the important piece of history has been found, but the people responsible for its theft and damage should be punished and TRULY ashamed of themselves!

[Image via AP Images.]

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29 comments to “Auschwitz Sign Found!”

  1. BOKO says – reply to this


    1

    Weird little buggers. Some folks will snatch anything. Hopefully they're not neo-Nazis on top of everything else.



  2. 2

    Jail time. Absolutely!

  3. ap076 says – reply to this


    3

    Never again!



  4. 4

    first?



  5. 5

    second?



  6. 6

    third?
    Who the fuck would know
    the damn comments never show.



  7. 7

    actualy i think we should hold off on calling for punishment until we know WHY they stole it and cut it up. an object like this, in a place like this holds a lot meaning and affects a lot of people on a deep emotional level. not everyone sees the mueseum, with items like the 'work shall set you free' sign still in place, to be a positive thing. not everyone wants to remember like this.

  8. slite says – reply to this


    8

    This was found on Saturday. Nice job Mr. Sleuth.



  9. 9

    Why do you even bother posting this? THIS IS OLD NEWS! You claim to work "24/7" on this damn blog of yours, yet you're always behind every other news source when it comes to EVERYTHING.



  10. 10

    It doesn't seem that far-fetched to me to think some people wouldn't want the sign there to remind them of what happened.



  11. 11

    WOW WHO CARES?



  12. 12

    I don't condone the vandalism. But at the same time…some people may have intense emotional ties to this. They may not want to see that sign hanging above a museum full of pain.



  13. 13

    fuck the neo-nazis. great job reporting something that even my PARENTS knew before you!



  14. 14

    I honestly don't know why people do dumbass pranks like this- if it was a prank. Yes, there was a Holocaust folks, and yes millions of Jewish people (among others) perished, often in horrible, sick ways. Do the pranksters have a point they are trying to make? Then get your facts together and say it-convince people with LOGICAL DISCOURSE, and not through violence, hate groups or stupid stunts that only create the opposite effect that they are intended to do.

    Ok, that being said- peace-broker that I am: Jewish folks, you should use this moment as an opportunity to reflect upon what it might be about YOUR behavior that causes such feelings of hostility towards you in so many peoples around the world. Surely with your high intelligence you do not engage in such primitive black-and-white thinking as to suppose that you are always right- and that THEY (whomever they may be) are always wrong. You might be surprised what you will discover when you perform this exercize.
    Peace,



  15. 15

    who cares?



  16. 16

    THEY FOUND IT AT MEL GIBSON's HOUSE!



  17. 17

    That's messed up! All the people who suffered there do not deserve to have that piece of history cut into three pieces and sold for something as shallow as money. TERRIBLE!



  18. 18

    Re: Beach Bum – Why do you post crap like "first"? It's not a game. Are you five? You're suppose to make comments, you know, saying something about the subject. That is the dumbest thing ever. People think it's soooo annoying… including myself. PLEASE STOP!



  19. 19

    Torture and execute these fuckers.



  20. 20

    Re: girlgirl
    So sorry to have offended
    your delicate eyes.
    Please accept my forgiveness
    Oh wise one.



  21. 21

    OH MY GOD- all the "people" saying "who cares" or that it could've been jewish people themselves who'd done it [so they wouldn't have to be reminded of the 'pain'] need to have their heads examined. Maybe we should just shovel over the USS Arizona?!



  22. 22

    there are a lot of people who view touring the camps as further exploitation. i wouldn't be shocked if it was in response to such convictions. or, it sounds like they wanted to try and sell the pieces, since it was split into three.

  23. afunk says – reply to this


    23

    I absolutely matters. Being a Jew myself, and actually visiting the camps first hand, it is emotional. But an emotional experience that should be had. It is important to know how all the prisoners were greeted when they arrived. They were promised freedom, but as we know, that was not their fate. This sign is a symbolic piece of history and was very upset when I heard it was stolen. It's 2009, people should know better. Plain and simple.

  24. afunk says – reply to this


    24

    It absolutely matters. Being a Jew myself, and actually visiting the camps first hand, it is emotional. But an emotional experience that should be had. It is important to know how all the prisoners were greeted when they arrived. They were promised freedom, but as we know, that was not their fate. This sign is a symbolic piece of history and was very upset when I heard it was stolen. It's 2009, people should know better. Plain and simple.



  25. 25

    Really, I don't think this should even be put back up. Why remember the pain and suffering endured in concentration camps?

    It hurts to remember things like that. I agree with Scissorhandz.

  26. Memii says – reply to this


    26

    This sign isnt only just a rememberence of pain -.-
    its to remember those who have fallen - like 11th of the 11th - rememberence day for soldiers.

    whoever stole this sign and cut it up are sick fucks.

  27. pj88 says – reply to this


    27

    Disgusting thieves….. how could they do something to something with such world history. Did they think they could sell it a pawn shop. Cut their balls off, lock them up and throw away the key….



  28. 28

    Cut into 3 pieces? This is awful. I am polish and my family was affected deeply by world war II.. like other someone else said, "an object like this, in a place like this holds a lot meaning and affects a lot of people on a deep emotional level"



  29. 29

    Re: MeganF – Its history sure its not a nice time in history but it how we remember our mistakes and learn by them.