Arbeit Macht Frei
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"Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Brings Freedom) was the sign over the gates
of Auschwitz. It was placed there by Major Rudolf Hoss, commandant
of the camp.
He seems not to have intended it as a mockery, nor
even to have intended it literally, as a false promise that those who worked
to exhaustion would eventually be released, but rather as a kind of mystical
declaration that self-sacrifice in the form of endless labor does in
itself bring a kind of spiritual freedom.
Friedrich, pp. 2-3.
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