A Swedish man was sentenced today (December 30, 2010) to two years and eight months in prison for instigating the theft a year ago of the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Sets You Free") sign from the former Auschwitz death camp, according to the Associate Press website.
A judge at a regional court in the southern Polish city of Krakow approved a settlement that Anders Hogstrom, 35, had reached with prosecutors.
Hogstrom had confessed to involvement in the December 2009 theft and was convicted of instigating it. He is expected to be transferred to Sweden in the coming weeks to serve his term.
The cynical slogan on the sign at the camp's entrance has become a potent symbol of Nazi Germany's atrocities during World War II and the Holocaust.