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Ex-Nazi: 'I was Auschwitz sign middleman'

AFP/The Local · 7 Jan 2010, 16:55

Published: 07 Jan 2010 16:55 GMT+01:00

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"My role was to go get the sign in Poland. I was the middleman and was

supposed to take care of the sale," the man, a former neo-Nazi whose name was not disclosed, told Swedish daily Expressen.

The paper referred to the man only as "a former Nazi leader."

The Polish daily Fakt identified the man as Anders Högström, who in 1994 founded the National Socialist Front, a Swedish neo-Nazi movement he headed for five years before quitting.

Another Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, referred in its article to "Anders H."

After leaving his party, Högström, 33, claimed he distanced himself from the movement and joined an association called Exit which helps youths quit far-right movements, according to Swedish media.

Polish prosecutors said on Wednesday they wanted to question three Swedish

residents over the December 18th theft of the death camp sign, without revealing

their names.

Five Poles have already been arrested.

The men are charged with theft and damage and face up to 10 years in prison.

According to Expressen, the "former Nazi leader" claimed the sign was to be sold for several million kronor (hundreds of thousands of dollars) which was to be used to finance bombings against the Swedish parliament and government.

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"But that was not something I wanted to be involved in or carry out, in any way," he told the paper.

"I contacted the police immediately, as soon as the sign was stolen, and gave them all the information I had. I haven't committed any crime. I was the one who saw to it that the sign was found," he added.

Police recovered the five-metre metal sign -- which means "Work Will Set You Free" in German -- on December 20th in northern Poland and arrested the five Polish men. The sign had been cut into three pieces.

The sign above Auschwitz's gateway has long symbolised the horror of the camp, created by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland in 1940 and in operation until Soviet troops liberated it in 1945.

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Your comments about this article

18:24 January 7, 2010 by Thebinary1
What about the loaded Briton who put the cash forward?
19:24 January 7, 2010 by Henckel
I wonder if the Briton or one of his ancestors was a member of one of the pro-Nazi "friendship leagues" in Britain in the 1930s?
22:37 January 7, 2010 by calebian22

Again with the Mossad. Please show me where they are mentioned in this article? Your Mossad theories are unsubstantiated and irrelevant.

This theft has to do with the Holocaust and what the Nazis did to the Jews in Poland in WWII. Your tangent shows disrespect to the atrocity that was perpetuated on European Jews by the Nazis. A symbol of Auschwitz(where an estimated 3 million Jews were exterminated) was stolen for some sort of trophy and all you want to talk about on this forum or any of the other forums related to this news is how Mossad has orchestrated it. Is it so inconceivable that a rich neo Nazi hired other neo Nazis or street thugs to steal a desirable trophy? A Mossad connection makes so much more sense? Have you ever hear of Occam's razor? The simplest explanation tends to be the correct one.

You claim to not hate Jews, but you certainly show no respect for what was done to them in Poland or WWII Europe. All your posts are Mossad this and Mossad that. If hearing that offends you, then maybe you should forward your posts to all your Jewish friends and see if they approve. Don't take mine or Nemesis' word for it. Ask some Jews and see if they think you sound like a Jew hater.
05:37 January 8, 2010 by SweetBlue

What a beautifully written and thought out post. Nice to see someone take some time to organize their thoughts and write properly.

Going back to the story....

is anything going to happen to the Big Bucks Brit???
09:33 January 8, 2010 by RocknRoll
I must say, something does not add up about this story. In my humble opinion the prognosis put forward bu Towbridge is quite likely to be true.

And I have Jewish friends, so am definately not an anti-semite. But MOSSAD is one of the most criminal & conspiring intellegence agencies around.

I would not be surprised if this scenrio was infact real.
12:51 January 8, 2010 by Audrian
There is an interesting book, "The Invention of Jews by Shlamo Sand." The author is a professor of History in Telavive University. He shows that that there has not been an outward migration of Jews from the Middle East to Europe and Russia. The Jews outside the Middle East like their Christian counterparts were white converts. The Book is best seller since its publication in 2005.

The majority of original Jews, who were Semitic, converted into Islam after the 4th century, while the rest kept their religion and lived in Moslem countries as minorities. According to Shlamo Sand, the claim by the Bible that the Jewish people migrated to Egypt and the Roman Empire is false. It never happened.

My point is the vast majority of Jews in Europe are Caucasians. One can accuse one for being against Jewish religion, but not accuse one for being anti-white when one is white himself/herself (because the vast majority of Jews who migrated to Israel are white people). My overall points are three:

(1) Name calling does not make an argument more correct. As a mater of fact it makes a discussion shallow.

(2) I do not think any person in his right mind is against Jewish people. They are like any other people who want to have bread on the table, school for their children and security.

(3) What one has to be against is the behavior of the Israeli state to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.
15:27 January 8, 2010 by lungfish
Audrian, thanks for bringing this up. I have to admit to being totally confused about the issue of racism against Jews. As I understand it, Judaism is a religion. So if one opposes the religion, what does that have to do with race? Especially since one can choose or not to join or leave a particular religion (apart from Islam, which does not tolerate a Moslem choosing to leave it). And those who do choose to be Jewish include a very diverse variety of national origins and physical types. So where does the race concept come from, other than the Nazi's? What is supposed to count as a race? Is there a Christian race or a Buddhist race? If it's defined by choice of religion, then one can choose one's race, or ... ?
20:33 January 8, 2010 by calebian22

You really seem to need the opinion of others to affirm that you are not a Jew hater. I am not Jewish, nor Israeli, but I am a supporter of Zion. Additionally, I could not care less if someone thinks I am a "moronic Zionist slob." (Rick) Why does it matter to you that someone thinks you are an anti-Semite, especially when you continually point to Mossad who has not been implicated in any way?

Every developed country has some form of covert foreign agency. Whether it's Britain, MI6, the US' CIA, Russia's SVR, China's MSS, India's RAW, or Israel's Mossad, to name a few, they all operate internationally to advance the interests of their country. If all the actions of just these named agencies were made official the scope of involment would be shocking I am sure. However, no one knows for sure, and frankly never will. Is Mossad involved in this theft to somehow discredit Sweden or to deflect attention from their actions with the Palestians? Maybe, but continually spouting Mossad conspiracy theories when no evidence has been posited by you or anyone else, makes you seem like a nutter.
13:53 January 9, 2010 by calebian22

Well I am a Zionist and I am proud of it. I have read countless books about Mossad activities as well. Always interesting and at best anecedotal. Certainly some of it is true, which I have never denied as possible, here or anywhere.

However that is not the point. As long as you know some Jews and are married to one, you can say whatever you want and not be called out for your comments no matter how irrelevant they are? So by your way of thinking, a white guy who has black friends and is married to a black woman can say the N-word without fear of being rightfully labeled a racist cracker? Using human connections as shields for bigotry is one of the oldest verbal conventions. "I am not a bigot, I know many, (insert minority group here) friends."

I fear that you will never understand though. Your hatred of the Mossad blinds you to the fact that this story has to do with the Holocaust and a symbol of that atrocity being stolen. You show great disrespect to that memory by continually blowing your Mossad conspiracy horn and not focusing on the facts as they are currently known.
14:59 January 9, 2010 by Hagrid
Expressing reasoned criticism on the Mossad, when the story deals with the Mossad - does not make one into an anti-semite.

However, constantly focusing on the Mossad and the 'Zionists' doings, obsessively searching for shreds of evidence to support those off-the-wall conspiracy theories, in stories which are completely unrelated to Israel - does.
16:21 January 9, 2010 by Jimmy
So trowbridge is leaving this site I must inform Mossad that their plan worked. They have secretly hijacked all letters just to annoy trowbridge and force him to leave.

Maybe the CIA or the Brits did it or all of them together.

They are typing this right now, i am not touching my computer and look here are these words.

Also making statements about your life doesnot necessary make them true
21:27 January 9, 2010 by thetourist
This explains a great deal Trowbridge...

Delusional much?
23:15 January 9, 2010 by el dude
everybody is so rough on Trowbridge. ¿why cant we have a compromise? lets pick another Zion (one located in a less volatile place). I mean, Theodor Hertzl, the first dude to think up the Jewish homeland (Der Judenstaat) wasn't set on the lands surrounding Jerusalem. Lets just give `em half of Utah to share with the Mormons. As for the Nazis, perhaps we can give them their own homeland. we can plop them into big camps where they have the plenty of time to focus (concentrate, Nazis, concentrate). no more conflicts with the Nazis and Jews (and everyone else in the world, for that matter, who isn't a Nazi), and no more conflicts with the Jews and the Palestinians (and Arabs and most of the rest of the world). I´m sure the Mormons would love it, because they´ll have plenty of non-Mormon doors in their neighborhood to knock on to share their love of heavenly father.

¡Done! all yall monkeys had better nominate me for the nobel peace prize goddamnit, i just brought yall bitches world muthafuckin peace.
23:53 January 9, 2010 by calebian22
Thank you Hagrid for writing it so succinctly. I have been trying to point that out to Trowbridge, but apparently using phrasing like "blowing your Mossad conspiracy trumpet" is too difficult to comprehend.
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