The iconic gate at the Dachau concentration camp, with the inscription that translates to Work makes free, is stolen. Security officials note that whoever took the 75-by-37-inch gate – which is set into a larger iron gate – during the night would have had to climb over another gate to reach it. The camp’s Memorial director explains the gate’s significance:
…the central symbol for the prisoners’ ordeal
The Yad Vashem Holocaust centre says the motive is unknown but the theft is significant:
[T]he theft of such a symbolic object is an offensive attack on the memory of the Holocaust.
The Work makes free sign at the Auschwitz concentration camp was stolen in 2009, with a Swedish man with neo-Nazi ties found responsible for instigating the theft.