Sunday, December 20, 2009

PM Netanyahu expresses 'shock' at stolen Auschwitz sign

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Polish government on Sunday to track down the Nazi sign stolen from the entrance of the Auschwitz death camp memorial.

The sign, stolen on Friday from the death camp in Poland, has the infamous saying Arbeit Macht Frei - Work sets you free.

Netanyahu stressed the historical importance the sign has to Jews, saying that Poland must find those who desecrated the place where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed during World War II.

"I want to express outrage over the theft of the entrance sign to the Auschwitz death camp. I call upon the Government of Poland to act in order to catch these disturbed criminals who desecrated the place where over a million Jews were murdered. It is important to preserve the memory of the crime and therefore it is important to preserve the crime scene of the worst incident in the history of the Jewish People and of all humanity".