Auschwitz sign thieves could avoid trial

March 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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KRAKOW, Poland, March 9 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Poland have proposed three men suspected of stealing a historic sign from the Nazi Auschwitz prison camp accept jail terms without a trial.

In Krakow, Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Boguslawa Marcinkowska said an offer was made to the three men who confessed to the crime they accept jail terms between 18 months and 36 months for the Dec. 18 theft of the sign from the facility's main gate, the Krakow Post reported Tuesday.

There was no immediate indication if the men would accept the offer of skipping trial.

The sign reads "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "work makes one free" and was recovered three days after its theft.

The men told police they stole it to sell to a neo-Nazi leader in Sweden. That man is in jail and awaiting extradition to Poland, the report said.

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