Swedes 'masterminded Auschwitz sign theft'

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Two Swedes masterminded the theft last month of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp, Polish police have said.

Polish police arrested five local men in December just days after the theft of the sign, which means "work sets you free" and is a symbol of the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Police also recovered the sign, which had been cut into three pieces to fit into the thieves' getaway car.

But on Wednesday, Polish police said two Swedes had orchestrated the attack after visiting the Nazi death camp last month.

The museum will hold celebrations on January 27 to mark the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.

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