Auschwitz theft convictions

18 Mar 2010 by CST

One of the more disturbing antisemitic crimes of recent times is approaching a resolution:

A Polish court has convicted three men for stealing the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the former Auschwitz death camp last December.

The trio were given jail sentences ranging up to two-and-a-half years.

The court in Krakow said the men had admitted the theft, and so the case did not have to go to trial.

Two other Poles remain in custody over the theft of the 5m (16ft) wrought-iron sign, which was quickly recovered and found cut into three pieces.

It had been half-unscrewed, half-torn from above the memorial site's gate.

The authorities in Stockholm said last week that a Swedish former neo-Nazi, who allegedly instigated the theft, will be extradited to Poland to face trial.

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