Transport company staff carry the "Arbeit macht frei" gate at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau on 22 February, 2017.

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The iron gate from Dachau focus camp will now sit within the web site’s museum

An iron gate bearing the notorious slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work will set you free”) has been returned to Dachau, the previous Nazi demise camp, after it was stolen two years in the past.

The gate, which weighs 100kg (15 stone) was reported lacking in November 2014.

The theft sparked outrage the world over, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling the crime “appalling”.

An nameless tip-off led to its restoration close to Bergen in Norway in December final 12 months.

No arrests have been revamped the theft to this point.

Dachau, close to Munich, was the primary focus camp arrange by the Nazis in 1933. Greater than 40,000 individuals died there earlier than its liberation by US troops in 1945.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday to mark the gate’s return to the positioning.

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No arrests have ever been revamped the theft of the gate

The president of the Worldwide Dachau Committee, Jean-Michel Thomas, known as for additional investigations into the theft, which he described as “deeply stunning”.

The perpetrators had tried to “take away a hint, an emblem of all that’s represented by the inscription ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ on this gate of Dachau camp that some 210,000 detainees walked by way of from 1933 to 1945”, he mentioned.

The gate was stolen on a Saturday night time between the rounds of safety guards watching the positioning.

On the time, police raised fears that the thieves may very well be neo-Nazis.

The gate will now be positioned within the museum at Dachau.

The memorial attracts about 800,000 guests a 12 months. US Vice President Mike Pence visited earlier in February, accompanied by his spouse and daughter.