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"Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work makes you free). Of course it was an attempt to calm the fears of the Jews and others who entered there so that they wouldn't realize that they were about to be executed.

"Arbeit Macht Frei""Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work brings freedom" or "Work liberates") was the sign over the gates of Auschwitz. It was placed there by Rudolf Hoess, the first commandant of the camp, though he did not invent this saying.


This slogan was placed above the main entrances to all Nazi concentration camps, except Buchenwald. "Arbeit macht frei" had been adopted in 1929 as the slogan for the Weimar Republic's public works programme, which was introduced to provide jobs for the unemployed. The saying is, however, older ... Buchenwald used the slogan "Jedem das Seine" - "To each according to his merits" or "To each according to his just deserts"), which goes back to Classical Latin "Suum cuique".

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