Hatboro PA - 'Arbeit Macht Frei' Sign Replica Marketed on eBay
Hatboro PA - The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging eBay to cancel the auction of an “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, touted as “similar to the one in Auschwitz” being offered for sale on the Web site.
The representation, which is being sold by a Pennsylvania man using the name “ss panzergrenadier,” is being marketed a few days after the real sign was stolen from Auschwitz and found two days later in northern Poland in a forest buried under snow.
The sales description on eBay reads: “For sale is a sign in German meaning ‘Work for Freedom’ that dates back to the 1700s and was used in many Nazi Concentration camps.
“It was designed specifically from the sign over the main gate at Auschwitz. It measures about 7 feet long and is made from 1/4 round bar steel with 1/8 x 3/4 steel letteringâ€¦Gate is not included, just the actual lettering and boarder pictured.”
The sign was intended to mislead arriving victims into thinking that if they worked hard they would do well at the death camp.
As of Wednesday afternoon there was one bid for the item at $75, with bidding set to end on Friday at 7 p.m.
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