An iron gate with the slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (work will set you free) that was stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau two years ago has been found in Norway.
“Due to an anonymous tipoff, police in Norway’s Bergen have secured an iron gate with the well-known text,” Bavaria state police said on Friday. “From the picture transmitted, police believe it is highly likely that this is the iron gate that was stolen from Dachau.”
The theft of the 100kg (220lb) gate was reported on 2 November 2014, sparking uproar, with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, calling it “appalling”.
The Dachau camp, just a few miles from Munich, opened in 1933, less than two months after Adolf Hitler became chancellor. It was first used to incarcerate political prisoners, but during the Second World War it became a death camp where more than 41,000 Jews were slaughtered before US troops liberated it on 29 April 1945.Tuesday, December 06, 2016