Man jailed for Auschwitz sign theft

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2010
Arbeit Macht Frei: the sign stolen from Auschwitz

Arbeit Macht Frei: the sign stolen from Auschwitz

A Swedish man has been jailed for more than two years for plotting the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign at Auschwitz.

Former neo-Nazi leader Anders Hoegstroem, 34, admitted his role in the theft and agreed a plea bargain with the Krakow court last month.

He will be moved to Sweden to serve his sentence of two years and eight months.

The infamous sign was recovered last December, three days after it was stolen. It had been broken into three separate pieces.

The judge also jailed two Polish men, each for up to two-and-a-half years, for their roles in the crime.

Since its recovery the sign has been repaired and is now kept in a museum at the former concentration camp where 1.1million people were murdered.

Last updated: 5:05pm, December 30 2010