On the morning of December 18, 2009, in the small town of Auschwitz in southwestern Poland, there was a shocking thing in the world: the door in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial was stolen! The doorplate is made of a hollow steel. . It is 5 meters long and weighs 43 kilograms. It was made by prisoners who were held in concentration camps at the time. It was written in German, “Work will give you freedom.”
The Auschwitz concentration camp was built on April 27, 1940 by the Nazi German SS leader Heinrich Ruitt Bird Himmler. It is one of the six Nazi concentration camps in Poland, about 1.1 million. People were killed here, and 1 million of them were Jews from Poland and other European countries. Some people die from overwork, hunger and disease in concentration camps, and most people die in gas chambers. The Auschwitz concentration camp is a historical testimony of the heinous crimes committed by Nazi Germany.
In 1979, UNESCO listed the Auschwitz concentration camp on the World Cultural Heritage List and kept it forever, warning the people of the world to “peace peace, not war.”
The news of the theft of the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial was released. Immediately shocked the Polish ruling. Polish President Lech Kaczynski issued a statement at the first time. While strongly condemning this “shameful act”, he urged the relevant departments to cooperate and take all actions to hunt down criminals.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk put forward a higher demand: “To regard the recovery of the house number as a top priority for the country, no matter how much it costs, we must spare no effort to recover the house number!” and ordered the Minister of the Interior to put down all the work at hand, specifically responsible for the crackdown. The case.
The international community has also issued statements strongly condemning this despicable act. German Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Pesques pointed out: “Germany has always been aware of its historical responsibility. We continue to support the preservation of the Auschwitz Memorial. I hope that the Polish side will get back as soon as possible. The stolen house number.”
The Israeli government commissioned the former ambassador to Poland, Schwarz Weiss, to urge the Polish government to solve the case as soon as possible and bring the thieves to justice.
Under the pressure of public opinion at home and abroad, the Polish police immediately sent 50 police and detectives to investigate. At the same time, a large number of police forces were deployed in the airport and border areas to strengthen security checks and search for the whereabouts of the house. And a reward of 5000 zloty (about 1700 US dollars), the concentration camp memorial also rewarded 100,000 zloty (34,000 US dollars), urgently appealing to the public to provide clues for the police to solve the case.
However, in the past two days, although the police have done a lot of work. The case detection progress is slow.
On December 21, 2009, the case finally made a major breakthrough. Although the five suspects who were arrested denied that they were doing what they did, the police found the stolen house number in a secluded place based on the clues provided by a citizen. But the sad thing is that the house has been cut into 3 pieces by the thieves and lost its original appearance.
Although the house number was recovered, the mood of the people was not easy at all. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said: “The thieves have completely lost their minimum conscience. They have completely forgotten the suffering of their ancestors. This is a profound lesson. It reminds us all that the more superior the environment, the less able to get lost. In the direction, we will never slacken and work hard. We will not be self-deprecating, and we will avoid the recurrence of historical tragedies. This is also the root cause of the search for house numbers as the top priority of the country. We will still protect the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial. As a top priority for the Polish state, it reminds people to enjoy the happy life while not forgetting the national humiliation that they have experienced.”