"Arbeit Macht Frei" Sign Stolen
December 18, 2009 12:14 PM Subscribe
Poland has declared a state of emergency, after
the infamous bronze sign reading "Arbeit Macht Frei"
at former Konzentrationslager (concentration camp) Auschwitz
was stolen yesterday.
In Brussels, European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister, appealed to the thieves to return the sign: "Give it back out of respect for the suffering of over a million victims, murdered in this Nazi camp, the biggest cemetery of humankind," Buzek said.
According to the Auschwitz Memorial / Muzeum Auschwitz Facebook page
, "the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
with approval of Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski has promised a reward of 100,000 zlotys (around $34,000)" for information about the theft leading to the sign's safe return.
The Jerusalem Post reports
that the Museum has replaced the original with a temporary duplicate.