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Norwegian Police May Have Found Stolen Nazi Concentration Camp Gate

FILE - Nazis' Dachau concentration camp.
FILE - Nazis' Dachau concentration camp.

Police in Germany say a gate that once adorned the entrance of what was once the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp may have been found in western Norway.

The gate, which features the slogan “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work will set you free,” was found near the city of Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast, Bavaria state police said, after acting on an anonymous tip.

Police did not confirm it was the stolen gate, but in a statement, said, "From the picture transmitted, police believe it is highly likely that this is the iron gate that was stolen from Dachau."

The 100-kilogram gate was stolen just over two years ago from the former camp, located just a few kilometers outside Munich.

The Nazis used the camp during World War II to slaughter more than 41,000 Jews before it was liberated by U.S. troops in 1945.

A similar sign was stolen in 2009 from the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland by a Swedish neo-Nazi named Anders Hoegstrom. He was caught and served more than two years in prison for the theft.