“Mastermind” of Auschwitz Sign Theft on Way to Poland

Anders Högström, the man called the “mastermind” behind the theft of the Auschwitz sign, will be flown to Krakow this afternoon for questioning. After the deadline to appeal extradition expired, the order to send him to Poland was granted on 1st April.

The 34-year-old Swedish man, who is affiliated with the neo-Nazi movement in his country will be interrogated by authorities in Krakow before being taken to Warsaw to stand trial. The Polish jurisdiction is scheduled to handle the trial within the next 10 days. If convicted, Högström would serve his sentence in Sweden.

While three of the five people involved in the theft pleaded guilty in March and were sentenced to up to 30 months in prison, the remaining two still await trial. That trial is supposed to start during the next few days, in combination with Högström’s case.

The infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign had been stolen in mid-December 2009, but was quickly recovered after the theft.

See also:

Slideshow: Stolen sign returned to Auschwitz”

What happened in Auschwitz: How the sign was stolen

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