German Slogan Used Above Former Nazi Concentration Camps Appears in Detroit

The German phrase “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free” in English, which once greeted prisoners at the entrance to Nazi concentration camps in Europe during World War II, mysteriously appeared in the windows of the walkway spanning East Grand Boulevard at the ruins of the long-abandoned Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit sometime in January or February 2013.

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Taken Tuesday February, 5, 2013, these photos show the 15 plastic signs with letters painted on them, securely strapped to the broken-out window frames of the bridge with approximately 100 plastic zip-ties. At this time no one has come forward to take credit or explain the reason for putting up the signs, or what message they were trying to send.