Sign Theft Linked to Neo-Nazi Bomb Plot

Extremists planned to blow up Sweden's parliament building
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2009 2:10 AM CST
Vsitors walk through the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland.   (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski/file)
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(Newser) – The brazen theft of a concentration camp sign has been linked to a bizarre neo-Nazi plot to blow up Sweden's parliament. The wrought iron plaque reading "Arbeit Macht Frei"—work sets you free—was found hidden in woods in Poland days after it was stolen from Auschwitz. Now investigators say the thieves were hired by a Swedish neo-Nazi gang which planned to sell the sign to a collector to finance a series of attacks in Stockholm.

"The investigations have taken on a much broader dimension than we initially thought," said Poland's justice minister. The right-wing terrorists' targets included the parliament building in Stockholm, as well as the foreign ministry and the home of Swedish President Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to investigators. The aim of the plot was to create as much disruption as possible ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, reports the Guardian.

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