Poland Declares State of Emergency After Auschwitz Sign Stolen

There’s few things I consider truly obscene but this is one of them:

A state of emergency was announced in Poland today involving tightened border controls and random police checks as a nationwide hunt was launched for the infamous bronze sign to the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz after it was stolen. The sign, cast by camp prisoners, which offered the cynical welcome to new inmates “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work sets you free) and stands as a potent symbol of the suffering millions endured at the camp, is believed to have been removed by a gang in what authorities called a meticulously planned robbery.

via The Guardian.