3 Nov 2014

Dachau concentration camp gate taken

8:20 pm on 3 November 2014

An iron gate with the infamous sign "Arbeit macht frei" - "Work will set you free" - has been stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, in Germany.

Visitors walk past the main gate at the Dachau concentration camp.

Visitors walk past the main gate at the Dachau concentration camp. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The camp, just outside Munich, opened in 1933, weeks after Adolf Hitler became German chancellor.

It initially held political prisoners but became a death camp during World War II. More than 40,000 Jewish and Gypsies were murdered there.

In 2009 a sign containing the same notorious words was briefly stolen from the entrance to the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland but was recovered three days later.

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