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Breaking News Alert: Wiesenthal Center Calls On Polish Government to Bring Thieves of Infamous Auschwitz Sign to Justice

Breaking News Alert:
Wiesenthal Center Calls On Polish Government to Bring Thieves of Infamous Auschwitz Sign to Justice

December 18, 2009

WIESENTHAL CENTER CALLS ON POLISH GOVERNMENT TO BRING THIEVES OF INFAMOUS AUSCHWITZ SIGN TO JUSTICE

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the Government of Poland to step up its investigation and bring to justice those who stole the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign at the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“The fact is that the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign has become the defining symbol of the Holocaust because everyone knew that this was not a place where work makes you free, but it was the place where millions of men, women, and children were brought for one purpose only – to be murdered,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “The audacity and boldness of this crime deserves the full attention of the Polish government — and to do everything within its power to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Hier concluded.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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