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Millionaire Swede behind Auschwitz sign theft?

Millionaire Swede behind Auschwitz sign theft?

09.06.2010 16:27

Anders Hoegstroem, currently in custody in Poland in connection with the theft of the “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the Auschwitz museum last December, claims that a millionaire fellow Swede was the crime‘s mastermind.

According to the private RMF FM radio station, Hoegstroem, the 34 year old, former neo-Nazi currently being held in custody in the southern city of Krakow, claims that 58 year old Lars Goran Wahlstrom was the person who initiated the theft.

Wahlstrom – a millionaire thought to have bankrolled the neo-Nazi National Socialist Front which was founded by Hoegstroem in 1994 – allegedly persuaded Hoegstroem to hire Polish thieves, who dismantled and cut into pieces the “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the Auschwitz museum gate in December with the intention of smuggling it to Sweden.

Lars Goran Wahlstrom is thought to have lived with Hoegstroem as his legal guardian.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow would not comment on the allegations, first mooted in the Swedish press back in January. “We can’t provide information on that subject,” said prosecutor spokeswoman Boguslawa Marcinkowska. She added, however, that the Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow intends to ask Sweden for legal assistance and consent for a Polish prosecutor to participate in police enquiries in Sweden.

Poland issued a European arrest warrant for Hoegstroem to be brought to Poland to answer charges in February. A Swedish court allowed his extradition in March. Five Polish men aged in their 20s and 30s were arrested by police after they buried the 16-foot wrought-iron sign cut into three pieces in woodland near Torun, northern Poland. (pg/mg)

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