Stolen ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign Returned to Dachau After 2 Years


The original wrought-iron gate carrying the infamous Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (“work sets you free”) was returned to Dachau from Norway on Wednesday, Deutsche Welle reports.

It will be restored and publicly unveiled this April on the 72nd anniversary of the camp’s liberation. Deutsche Welle reports that the gate will not be returned to its original location, but rather be displayed in the museum on the grounds of the former concentration camp near Munich in Bavaria that now serves as a memorial.

The replica that replaced the stolen gate in 2015 will remain on site.

“This is a meaningful day for the memorial,” said Ludwig Spaenle, the Bavarian minister of cultural affairs. He called the theft of the gate an attack on a place of remembrance and said that the integrity of the memorial could now be “somewhat healed.” Read more at Deutsche Welle.



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