(Dachau, Germany — February 22, 2017) – More than two years after its disappearance, an important piece of history related to the Holocaust has finally come home.
The iron gate from Nazi Germany’s Dachau concentration camp – emblazoned with the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free) – was stolen on November 2, 2014. The perpetrators were never caught, but the search for the missing piece of history never ended. Thanks to a tip, the gate was located in Norway in late 2016.
In its absence, a replica gate was forged. That gate will remain in place as the original is kept behind glass and monitored by LifeCall.
“From this time forward, we’ll know if the gate has fallen and can’t get up,” said a Dachau spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The theft at Dachau followed a 2009 incident at the Auschwitz concentration camp, which is located in Poland. Auschwitz’s “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign was stolen and later found cut into three pieces. Like the Dachau thieves, the Auschwitz criminals were never apprehended.
“What the hell is wrong with people?” asked an employee at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Nazi Germany opened the Dachau concentration camp in 1933, and it continued to operate until Americans liberated the camp in April 1945. While “only” 31,500 died at Dachau – 1,100,000 died at Auschwitz – it was the first German concentration camp, and as such it served as a prototype for the dozens of death camps that followed.
An estimated 6,000,000 Jews died in the Holocaust.
The Dachau announcement comes as a wave of anti-Semitism is sweeping the United States. FLATLINE reported just yesterday on the vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City (MO), where at least 170 gravestones were overturned. And this came just days after Donald Trump (R-NY) insulted and humiliated an Orthodox Jewish reporter at a press conference – while proclaiming himself to be “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
Days before that, Chancellor Squirrelhead had another opportunity to address the issue of anti-Semitism – in front of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – but instead went off on a diatribe on how he won the Electoral College in Election 2016.
“It’s all part of a disturbing pattern of not doing enough to combat anti-Semitism,” said a spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), speaking on condition of anonymity. “When you don’t have leadership, anti-Semitism creeps in like a cancer, and as such, it must be stopped at the source.
“I find it ironic that Chancellor Squirrelhead blasted President Obama’s (D-IL) leadership at every opportunity, but he is showing no leadership of his own. His neglecting to mention the Jews in a statement regarding International Holocaust Remembrance Day is proof.
“I don’t really know what he’s waiting for, but I can only guess that his anti-Semitic Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor, Stephen Bannon, has something to do with his silence.”
But the news is not all doom-and-gloom. Now that Dachau has its gate back, Alabama teen Breanna Mitchell can plan a trip to take a smilin’ selfie; that way, she can have a photo to match the one she took at Auschwitz in June 2014.