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The "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign theft from Oswiecim, Poland


strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jan 2010 #211
The Auschwitz sign theft was commissioned by a British collector

Gazeta Wyborcza after Sunday Mirror:

Citing sources in Sweden letter does not mention the names of the alleged collector , says only that it is very rich and that he wanted to have a sign in your possession , as treated by him as a trophy .

- It was found that the inscription ( after transporting him to Sweden ) will be hidden in the basement of Stockholm , where the Briton will pick it up . The plan was that the money received by the Swedes for arranging finance the neo-Nazi groups in Sweden - weekly quotes its source .

The extreme right in Sweden had planned disruption of this year's general elections in the country.


Swedish neo-nazis were acting as a go-between, however, it was one of them who panicked and informed the Polish police about the place where the sign was hidden. I'm starting a new thread as the previous one on the subject is closed.
McCoy 27 | 1,275
3 Jan 2010 #212
damn you brits. havent you stolen enough during the imperial age?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #214
Have they caught the Brit who ordered this theft...?
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jan 2010 #215
They say that at the moment Interpol is collecting evidence against him, so I think he hasn't been arrested yet. They don't give his name, just say that he's very rich and wanted to have the sign as a kind of a trophy.

Here's the link in English:

mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/01/03/auschwitz-sign-was-stolen-for-wealthy-british-nazi-115875-21937555/
McCoy 27 | 1,275
3 Jan 2010 #216
just say that he's very rich and wanted to have the sign as a kind of a trophy.

damn, thats probably something that no one expected to hear.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #217
There are a lot of people all over the world very angry ay this theft , the people involved are likely to get a rough time from society....If i was the guy who organised this theft i would be handing myself in at the nearest Police station and asking for protection...
McCoy 27 | 1,275
3 Jan 2010 #218
If i was the guy who organised this theft i would be handing myself in at the nearest Police station and asking for protection...

only assuming that hes not spending his time in Israel right now
Trevek 26 | 1,702
3 Jan 2010 #219
The funny thing is that loads of nazis say it's all fake anyway, so why would he want a fake thing?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #220
Well , its possible the Mossad boys have taken him for a holiday there , but more likely somebody already in the UK will be looking for him...
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jan 2010 #221
There are a lot of people all over the world very angry ay this theft

there are also many neo-nazis who would gladly protect him and make him their hero
McCoy 27 | 1,275
3 Jan 2010 #222
and there is 99% of the world population that dont give a fcuk. and im not trying to be rude and ignorant or whatsoever.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #223
one of them who panicked

Well , it won,t be the Swedish nazi group who sh1t their pants when things got a bit hot...
OP jonni 16 | 2,485
3 Jan 2010 #224
strzyga

Seems a bit tenuous, if he hasn't been arrested. I wonder what the truth really is here.
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jan 2010 #225
We'll see in a couple of days, probably.
Anyway I suppose he's under close observation now so can't escape or try anything funny.

I'm not sure exactly how credible the Sunday Mirror is, however the article is marked as exclusive so they must have some unofficial info sources. It's hard to believe they've made it all up having nothing better to do on a slow Sunday morning.
Barney 15 | 1,475
3 Jan 2010 #226
I'm not sure exactly how credible the Sunday Mirror is, however the article is marked as exclusive

This is old news, the story first appeared in a Danish paper and was picked up by others during the week.
strzyga 2 | 993
3 Jan 2010 #227
the British collector is a new part though
wildrover 98 | 4,451
3 Jan 2010 #228
Maybe they should lock him up in Auswich...then he can look at the sign as much as he wants..?
PolishNutjob 1 | 74
22 Jan 2010 #229
The new sign reads: "Wenn der Sohn Ihnen Freiheit gibt, dann sind Sie wirklich frei"
polishcanuck 7 | 462
18 Mar 2010 #230
I didn't see a post regarding this so here it is:

Three jailed over Auschwitz sign theft: report

Their sentences ranged from 18 months to two-and-a-half years, and they were also fined 10,000 zloty (2,580 euros, 3,560 dollars), PAP said.

Jail time for theft? Is this common in poland? Or did they get jailed because of the significance of the sign or maybe they had previous run ins with the law?
pgtx 30 | 3,158
18 Mar 2010 #231
because of the significance of the sign

don't you think so...?
time means 5 | 1,310
18 Mar 2010 #232
Jail time for theft? Is this common in poland?

It should be common in all countries.
ShawnH 8 | 1,508
22 Apr 2010 #235
And the guys who stole the sign have apparently skipped out on their jail sentence....

Three Polish men convicted of stealing the famous Auschwitz "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign failed to show up for their prison sentences.

The men had been given compassionate leave following sentencing and before entering prison. Two are brothers who were visiting their sick mother; the other man was allowed to complete his wedding plans.

I heard they were on their way to the UK.
ucenic1 1 | 6
18 Nov 2010 #236
Merged thread:
Arbeit Macht Frei Sign

I will be visiting Krakow in early February. I will be spending a day at Auschwitz and was wondering if the original "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign is back up, or is it still a replica? Thanks all.
convex 20 | 3,978
18 Nov 2010 #237
the original is back up
wildrover 98 | 4,451
19 Nov 2010 #238
was wondering if the original "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign is back up, or is it still a replica? Thanks all.

You are not thinking of pinching it are you....?
1jola 14 | 1,879
1 Dec 2010 #239
The present sign is a replica. It is not certain the original sign will go back up.
ucenic1 1 | 6
12 Jan 2011 #240
Merged thread:
Arbeit Macht Frei sign

I will be visiting Auschwitz on January 22 and was informed here on PF that the original Arbeit Macht Frei sign was back in place at Auschwitz. However, in a recent story regarding this, the article stated that a temporary sign was in its place. Which is true? (Is there anything special happening there on the 27th of January to mark the 66th anniversary of the libertion of the camp)? Thank you.


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