Outrage After ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign Hung At Packard Plant.
A make-shift sign recalling the one at the entrance to the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz has been met with outrage by Jewish groups.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” have appeared in a make-shift sign over the archway entrance to the historic Packard Plant in Detroit. The phrase, meaning “work will make you free,” are the same German words that were posted at the entrance to Nazi camps in Poland.
Heidi Budaj, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, the leading Jewish civil rights group in America, said, “This graffiti is offensive to Jews and particularly to Holocaust survivors.”
Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, Stephen Goldman, concurred, stating, “This message is offensive on so many levels. It needs to be taken down.”