DESECRATION

Auschwitz Sign Stolen

The iron sign bearing the Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei," the German words for "Work Sets You Free," vanished from the former Auschwitz death camp Thursday night between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., when museum guards noticed it was missing. The sign, which marked the main entrance to the former Nazi death camp in Poland where more than 1 million people died during World War II, had been unscrewed on one side and pulled off on the other. Although investigators are pursuing several theories, currently there are not any suspects. Museum authorities have replaced the sign with a replica, originally used years ago while the original sign was being repaired.