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Swede jailed for Auschwitz sign theft

AFP/The Local · 30 Dec 2010, 14:37

Published: 30 Dec 2010 14:37 GMT+01:00

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Anders Högström, 34, who had risked up to 10 years behind bars if convicted in Poland of masterminding the theft, struck a plea deal announced late November before his case reached court.

On Thursday, a court in the southern Polish city of Krakow, accepted the 32-month prison term agreed in the plea bargain.

"He will serve the sentence in Sweden, in accordance with an agreement with Swedish justice authorities," Polish court spokesman Rafal Lisak told AFP Thursday after the court announced its verdict.

Anders Högström was arrested in Sweden on a Polish warrant in February on suspicion of ordering the theft of the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign from the site of the World War II Nazi camp in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim.

Polish police recovered the five-metre metal sign -- which means "Work Will Set You Free" in German -- two days after it went missing late last year. It had been chopped into three pieces.

Five Polish men were arrested and charged with the actual theft of the sign, three of whom have already been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

The two others are still to face trial.

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

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He 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.

Of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, one million were murdered at Auschwitz, mostly in the camp's notorious gas chambers, along with tens of thousands of others including Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:01 December 30, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
To hell with neo Nazis they should be punished to wake up.
18:05 December 30, 2010 by Icarusty
Maybe he wanted it to sell on...metal prices are at an all time high.
19:03 December 30, 2010 by Iraniboy
He didn't get the SD support?!! They'd rather save their money than spending on this guy :D
21:01 December 30, 2010 by tomjack
Well there will be lots of steel around him on the inside and if he gets cold in his cell he can always ask the governor to put another bar on.
23:50 December 30, 2010 by Alasdair MacCorquodale
Good that he will be in prison.
01:43 December 31, 2010 by Ivan Juric
Polands way of camouflaging their anti semitic past...hit others with a bigger stick...
06:22 December 31, 2010 by landofthesheeple
Maybe He needed this sign for the new camp that Was going to be built for the "Swedes" : ) lol
11:47 December 31, 2010 by nuke

Right on! So you mean it should be put up at the end of the Öresunds Bridge, just as you come into Sweden? Or at Arlanda T5, just past Passport Control? lol
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