December 2, 2016 / 5:32 PM / a year ago

Stolen iron gate of Nazi death camp found in Norway: police

(This December 2 story was corrected to change date of camp’s liberation to April 29, 1945, from May 3)

A handout picture made available to Reuters on December 2, 2016 shows the iron gate from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan, which has been recovered in west Norway two years after it was stolen, police said. REUTERS/Police Norway/Handout via Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - An iron gate from Dachau concentration camp in Germany with the notorious “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work sets you free”) slogan has been found in western Norway two years after it was stolen, police said on Friday.

“The gate is in okay condition and will be returned to German authorities as soon as practical,” police in the western city of Bergen wrote in a statement.

Police got an anonymous tip that led to the find and a source said no arrests had been made. They issued two pictures of the gate propped up in a store room, apparently intact and mostly black with some flaking paint.

A handout picture made available to Reuters on December 2, 2016 shows the iron gate from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan, which has been recovered in west Norway two years after it was stolen, police said. REUTERS/Police Norway/Handout via Reuters

German authorities made a replica of the gate, 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) high and weighing 108 kg (238 lbs), which they installed at Dachau last year to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation by U.S. troops on April 29, 1945.

The Nazis set up the camp in Dachau outside Munich only weeks after Adolf Hitler took power. Initially designed to detain political rivals, it became the prototype for a network of concentration camps where 6 million Jews were murdered.

More than 41,000 died at Dachau and more than 200,000 people had been detained in the camp by the time it was liberated at the end of World War Two.

Television footage showing piles of bodies and starved inmates of the camp were among the first images the world saw of the Holocaust.

In December 2009, a similar “Arbeit macht frei” sign was stolen from the entry gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Poland by a Swedish man with far-right ties.

Reporting by Alister Doyle and Terje Solsvik; Editing by Tom Heneghan and Kevin Liffey

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