Poland: Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign stolen

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  1. mscriv macrumors 601

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    This is remarkably sad. The disrespect for history is shocking and the motive behind such action is puzzling.
     
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    I´m sure it was a bunch of kids never were doing it as a prank or because of a dare and never even thought of the grand repercussions that it would have.

    I can't believe anyone would steal such an item with hopes of selling it.
     
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    I'm sure there's a special place in hell for whoever did this.
     
  5. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

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    "No punishment too severe" ... "a special place in hell" Yeah these people must be untermensch! Oh .. hang on a sec! As for profane and punk you seem to be finding this a bit "sacred".;)
     
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    imo, it was stolen only as a "prank" or "joke". at the worst, the thieves plan to sell it. honestly, if certain "groups" wanted to steal it, why wait like 50 years later to steal it?

    they could have done it last year, or the year before...

    not gunning against jews or history but, i wouldn't personally immediately say it is this group or this group or it is because of a political agenda. simply because it hasn'e been proven...
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    That is horrible!
    But hard work will set them free!
     
  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Does it have meaning if you weren't affected by the war, the genocide or visited the site?

    It's a terrible thing to do and I hope they get caught and punished. But lets not go silly here. The war had a massive impact on my family but I'm not gunning for blood.
     
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    It is a piece of iconic world history associated to one of the greatest atrocities conducted by man so I would say that it does have meaning.

    However like you I am not gunning for blood, yes they should face punishment for the thief and any other crimes associated with this.
     
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    True. It's just I have a feeling this is going to be a Big Issue and have Facebook group pages set up about it mostly by people with no connection to Auschwitz at all.
     
  12. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Damn those who stole it! I really hope they will find it.
     
  13. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Unbelievable! Not sure why anyone would want to steal it.... not like it could be sold and displayed in anyones home!

    The only reason I can see is from elements that feel the holocaust never happened - and to remove from history a grim reminder of the false hope as the Jews, GLBT's, and other undesirables went to their deaths.....
     
  14. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8423827.stm

     
  15. Antares macrumors 68000

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    I'll be keeping my eye on eBay for this. So far, all I see are the small souvenir signs.

    The actual sign is pretty big. I wonder how they pulled off the theft without anyone knowing.
     
  16. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Wow, it was found in three pieces. That just plain pisses me off.
     
  17. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    It could have turned out a lot worse. Imagine if the thieves had separated each letter individually from the sign. :eek:

    According to the article I read, each word was intact, so the restoration shouldn't be extremely difficult.
     
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. I'm glad they found it. Hopefully the theives will be prosecuted.
     
  19. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Still the original was broken up.... just think what the Mona Lisa would be worth being cut in to three pieces.... looks like they may want to have the reconstructed piece under guard now... and the replica over the gate... not the same but protect the original...
     
  20. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    I'm guessing that those who did the cutting probably had a buyer already willing to pay.
     

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