Police said early Monday that they have found the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen on Friday from the gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz.
Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo told The Associated Press that the sign was found in northern Poland. She said police also detained five men aged between 25 and 39 who are being transported to Krakow for questioning.
Another spokesman, Dariusz Nowak, said the sign was cut into three pieces, each containing one of the words.
He said the police were planning a news conference in Krakow at 0800 GMT (3 a.m. EST) Monday.
The police refused to divulge any details of the circumstances in which the sign was found or to speculate on the motive of the perpetrators.
Krakow police are in charge of the investigation because they are the regional command for the area including the Auschwitz museum.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Police Recover Infamous Auschwitz Sign
recover the infamous sign that stood over the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp. The Polish police are detaining a man who had possession of the sign, which was cut into three pieces, each containing a word from the sign; arbeit macht frei - work will set you free.