Early on Friday [18 December] the famous "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) sign that hung over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz camp, was stolen.
Commenting to the BBC on the theft of the Auschwitz sign, Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of International Jewish Affairs of the rabid Zionist American Jewish Committee, maintained that there should be no replicas to substitute the entrance monument. “There can be no copies or reproductions; visitors must see only what was real. In that way they will bear witness to the very objects and structures which in turn remain the mute eyewitness to what happened there."
Rabbi Baker wants the “real thing”. However, every person who happens to be brave enough to step into the muddy topic known as Holocaust history is quick to discover the embarrassing fact that lies at the heart of the Auschwitz museum experience: the gas chamber on display is no less than a reconstruction built after the war by the Soviets. The original gas chambers were destroyed by the Germans in October 1944 just before their evacuation. Click here to read more.