Posts Tagged ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’

Terezin Concentration Camp: a solemn discovery

My family and I, along with a close friend visiting from Berlin, spent a long afternoon at the Terezín Memorial and Ghetto Museum a week or so ago. We walked through the Memorial and Ghetto Museum trying to get our minds around the past horrors of what happened here, while contemplating the significance of events […]


“ARBEIT MACHT FREI” Graffiti Artist Comes Forward in Facebook Post

The mysterious author of the “ARBEIT MACHT FREI” graffiti installation at the Packard Plant in Detroit has come forward. An artist named Penny Gaff , alleging to be the author of the work issued this response at 11:03 Tuesday February, 19 in the comments of my post on Facebook of a Detroit Free Press article about the infamous […]


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 […]