Auschwitz sign theft was meant to fund Swedish terror attacks
December 25, 2009
Poland (ChattahBox) – The theft of the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign stolen from the gates of Auschwitz last week was sponsored by a group that planned to sell it in order to fund violent attacks against the Swedish Prime Minister and Parliament, according to a new report on Thursday. Police recovered the German language sign, which reads “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”), and detained five men early on Monday over the theft, which triggered widespread outrage. The wording of the sign became a symbol of the Nazis’ efforts to deceive their victims into a false sense of security before slaughtering them.
Hired by a construction contractor, three men all reportedly petty criminals who police say confessed to the crime have reenacted the theft for investigators. All the suspects face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of stealing and dismantling the sign.Speculations as to who ordered the theft, and why, surfaced today in Swedish newspaper reports after the former leader of a Swedish Nazi group said that it had been stolen to order for a collector in England, France or the United States.
“We had a person who was ready to pay millions for the sign,” the unnamed source told Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest-selling daily newspaper.
The Nazi source said, that the money would pay for an attack on the home of Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Swedish Prime Minister and on the Swedish Foreign Ministry. A third attack allegedly involved plans to bombard Swedish MPs from the public seats of the parliament.
A spokesman for the Swedish security police tells the Times of London that authorities were taking the threat seriously by a militant Nazi group to disrupt national elections next year.
We are aware of the information about the alleged attack plans,” said Patrik Peter, the security police spokesman.