The Swedish neo-Nazi leader, Anders Högström 34, who has admitted to be the mastermind behind last year’s theft of the “Arbeit macht frei” sign at the entrance to Auschwitz has been sentenced to two years and 8 months in prison.
Högström plotted to steal the sign in December last year, and with the help of five Polish men, managed to steal the sign. Now he has been sentenced to 38 months in prison in a Polish court. The sentenced will be served in Sweden.
The stolen sign was found shortly after the theft in the Polish woods. It had been sawed into three pieces. The management of the museum at the Auschwitz concentration camp replaced the sign with a replica. The original sign is still undergoing restoration.
Högström was extradited to Poland in April this year to be tried for his crimes. He has become notorious in Sweden since leaving his post as leader for the largest Nazi party, NSF.
Pictured: Swedish Nazi party (NSAP) armband from mid 1930’s