Germany restores Dachau's 'Arbeit macht frei' gate after Nazi original stolen

By REUTERS
April 16, 2015 19:29

 
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BERLIN - A German blacksmith who painstakingly rebuilt an iron gate at the Dachau concentration camp bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan said on Thursday he hoped no one would notice his work was a replica.

Michael Poitner said he was honored to win the contract to reconstruct the 1.87 meter-high, 108-kg gate, which was stolen last year from the memorial site at Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, set up in 1933.

"It was an imposing assignment full of history and it'll be around a lot longer than I am," he told Reuters after putting the final touches to the gate ahead of a May 3 ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation by US troops.

The original Dachau gate was stolen in November and police have not yet recovered it.

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