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November 3, 2014

“Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at Dachau has been stolen

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:44 am
The opening where the iconic "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate used to be

The opening where the iconic “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate used to be at the Dachau Memorial site

I was alerted, by one of the readers of my blog, to the news that the famous Dachau “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was stolen overnight, between Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.  You can read about it in the news here.

Who would do such a thing?  “Arbeit Macht Frei” is a slogan that is owned by the Jews, although Dachau was not primarily a camp for Jews.  You can read about the history of Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/overview.html

Rudolf Höss (Hoess) was the man who originated the “Arbeit Macht Frei” slogan. Translated into English, the words mean “Work will set you free.” In his autobiography, Hoess explained that this expression means that work liberates one in the spiritual sense, not that the prisoners literally had a chance of being released if they worked hard.  These words have now been twisted, by the Jews, to mean that the Nazis taunted the Jews, making them think that they would be released if they worked hard.

The following quote is from this news story about the theft:

Dr. Max Mannheimer, a Holocaust survivor and vice president of the International Dachau Committee, said he was “horrified that Nazis apparently so desecrated the memorial to those murdered here and violated the reverence due to such a place.”

I wrote about Dr. Max Mannheimer on this previous blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/90-year-old-holocaust-survivor-was-with-muslim-leaders-on-trip-to-dachau-and-auschwitz/

All of the photos below were taken by me, except the old black and white photo.  Click on the photos to see a larger size.

Arbeit Macht Frei gate into Dachau

Arbeit Macht Frei gate into former Dachau camp

Dachau gate in 2003 before tourists were allowed to enter through the gate

Dachau gate in 2003 before tourists were allowed to enter through this gate

Before tourists were allowed to enter the former camp through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate, there was a high wall between the gate and the former SS camp at Dachau and it was impossible to take a photo like the first photo above.  It was during that time that I took the two photos below.

Gate into Dachau camp

Early morning shot of gate into Dachau camp

Another early morning shot of the gate into Dachau camp

Another early morning shot of the gate into Dachau

Dachau gate house

Tourists entering the Dachau gate house in 2008

Dachau gatehouse in 1945 after the camp was liberated

Dachau gatehouse in 1945 after the camp was liberated

In the photo above, notice the bridge over a canal which runs past the entrance to the camp.

Entrance into Dachau camp in 2003

Entrance into Dachau camp in 2003

In 2003, before the Arbeit Macht Frei gate was open to visitors, tourists had to enter the camp through an opening in the barbed wire fence around the camp.

You can see more photos and read about Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife01G.html

Most of the news stories, about the theft of the gate, say that 40,000 to 50,000 Jews were killed at Dachau.  I wrote about the death statistics at Dachau on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/deathstatistics.html

Few people visit the town of Dachau, which is shown in my photo below.

The town of Dachau

The town of Dachau (click on the photo to enlarge)