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Foreign collector behind Auschwitz theft

DPA/The Local · 22 Dec 2009, 15:52

Published: 22 Dec 2009 15:52 GMT+01:00

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Several Polish media sources cited involvement of a Swedish citizen, who reportedly offered the thieves between €10,000 and €30,000 to commit the crime.

However, police spokesman Dariusz Nowak would neither confirm nor deny the Swedish connection, according to news agency Reuters.

Police arrested five Polish men, at least some of whom had criminal records for robbery and assault, on Sunday night and established they had no neo-Nazi connections, as had initially been feared.

"The question of the mysterious Swede has appeared ... I cannot confirm or deny this ... Of course they (the five suspects) didn't steal it to have it in their collection. So it looks more and more that somebody else is behind this," Nowak said.

He said that “in all likelihood” the sign was stolen-to-order for a collector who “lives outside Poland and doesn’t have Polish citizenship.”

"We have been cooperating with... all international agencies and institutions around the world... It is possible that a person could be detained (on a European warrant)," Nowak said.

On Tuesday morning, the state prosecutor inspected the site of the crime accompanied by three of the suspects, each of whom has admitted to the crime.

Their two alleged accomplices are denying involvement.

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The men, aged between 20 and 39, were arrested in northern Poland with the gate, which was cut up into three pieces.

The cynical statement on the sign, which means ''Work shall set you free,'' has come to symbolise the tragic fate of the 1.1 million Jews murdered at Auschwitz during the Second World War.

It was crafted by Polish prisoners at the camp in 1940 under order of their German captors. The phrase was also used by the Nazis at other concentration camps.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

02:22 December 23, 2009 by kitten1985
Why was it stolen though? What were there intentions?
08:03 December 23, 2009 by Bushdiver
It doesn't take a lot of imagination to come up with a reason for the theft. It most certainly was because someone wanted this item in his collection. Regardless of what the sign portrays it still has a historical value.
22:27 December 23, 2009 by cleavage

It's "what were THEIR intentions?

00:50 December 25, 2009 by -GD-
Actually, it doesn't take any imagination at all. It only takes logic and reason to see through this obviously self-inflicted hate crime hoax by an international racist crime syndicate:

1. The initial banner headlines which bares false witness against their favorite enemies, the Neo-Nazis, whatever they are.

2. The shock and outrage of all the high priests who are immediately available to demand action from everyone.

3. The morphed story that always focus attention away from your major holiday onto them and their desired victimhood.

4. The still unnamed perpetrators with masks to protect their identity.

5. A mysterious foreign collector whose existence was created by rumor and innuendo by a "media source", dutifully reported as fact by other media sources.

6. Religious dogma about the number of victims which increases with each story and coincidently doesn't mention anyone other than the eternal victims.

7. A fresh demand from from the crime syndicate for $1,000,000,000 more in "reparations".

8. It was a Swedish journalist who reported on the crime syndicate's habit of murdering people for their international organ-harvesting business.

So, what is their intention?

Simple. Domination over you and your world, both mental and physical.

The solution? Stop emoting every time they say anything and just think about what is really being said, or not said. And always demand forensic evidence for any of their claims.
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