Swede remanded over Auschwitz theft

Swedish former neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström has been remanded in custody in Poland in connection with the theft of the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

A court in the southern Polish city of Krakow, where Anders Högström is being questioned, ordered him on Friday to stay behind bars for at least three more months, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Högström, 34, was extradited to Poland from Sweden last week, two months after being arrested in his homeland on a Polish warrant. He risks 10 years in prison if convicted.

On Monday, Krakow prosecutors said Högström had denied plotting the December 18 theft of the gateway sign from the site of the camp in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim, which has became a notorious symbol of genocide by the occupying Nazi Germans.

Polish police recovered the five-metre metal sign — which means “Work Will Set You Free” in German — on December 20.

They arrested and charged five Polish men, three of whom, considered relatively small fry, have already been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

The two others, suspected of playing a far more prominent role in the theft, are to be tried after Högström has been questioned.

In 1994, Högström founded the National Socialist Front, a Swedish neo-Nazi movement he headed for five years before quitting.

He has told Swedish media he was to act as an intermediary to pick up the sign and sell it to a buyer, adding however that he informed Polish police about the people behind the plot.

The sign, which had been cut into three parts, was returned by investigators to the Polish state-run Auschwitz museum on January 21, less than a week before commemorations for the 65th anniversary of the camp’s liberation by Soviet troops.

One million of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust were murdered there, mostly in the camp’s notorious gas chambers, as well as tens of thousands of others including Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

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Swedish Nazi arrested for planned murder of journalists

A member of Sweden’s neo-Nazi party the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) has been arrested after police found proof that he was planning to murder two journalists.

Swedish Nazi arrested for planned murder of journalists
Photo: AFP

Swedish police found documents on the Nazi party member’s computer with information about two journalists working for Mittmedia, one of Sweden’s largest media groups.

The files also included photos of the reporters’ homes, Swedish news agency TT reported.

Authorities also found a home-made shotgun and ammunition in the suspect’s possession, as well as silencers and a contraption designed to fire the concealed weapon from inside a bag.

Government Security Service Säpo is taking part in investigations as they have also previously impounded countless DIY weapons at the homes of several NMR members

The man denied all knowledge of the documents and claimed to have no intention of harming the journalists.

Police also found a transmission breaker at the NMR member’s home, a breach of the Electronic Communications Act.

His hearing begins on August 23 at Sundsvalls District Court in Västernorrland County.

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