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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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"Arbeit macht frei" sign found

21-12-2009

Police have reported that the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign which was stolen from the entrance gate of the former Auschwitz I concentration camp was found. It was cut in three pieces.

The replica sign which at present is placed over the gate will remain in its place until it is possible to put back the original sign, i.e. after it has been put back together, necessary conservation works are carried out and new security methods are elaborated.

The Auschwitz Memorial wishes to express its great appreciation and thanks to the Polish police, which within several dozen hours managed to find this most important symbol of the twentieth century.

The Museum will inform of any new developments related to the find.