Auschwitz Sign Stolen for Nazi Collectors

Alleged culprits weren't Nazis, they were just 'ordinary thieves'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 11:00 AM CST
In this video grap provided by Polish police, police pull from a van one of five men arrested for the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign.   (AP Photo/Krakow Police/HO)
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(Newser) – The five men arrested for stealing Auschwitz’s infamous sign aren’t neo-Nazis, they’re just "ordinary thieves" who were working for memorabilia collectors, police say. “There is a huge market on the internet for this kind of stuff,” said one expert in Holocaust studies. “Many of the collectors are in the United States. Even such things as faked World War Two Jewish ghetto money can fetch thousands.”

The suspects, aged 20 to 39, all have past convictions for robbery or violence. Four of them are unemployed; the other runs a small construction company.

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