Stolen 'Arbeit Macht Frei' Sign Retreived and Returned to Auschwitz Former Nazi Death Camp

Polish police found the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen from the gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz after an intensive three-day hunt and arrested five suspects, police said early Monday.

The sign was found cut into three pieces.

Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo told The Associated Press that the sign was found Sunday night in northern Poland, the other end of the country from the southern Polish town where the Auschwitz memorial museum is located and where it disappeared before dawn Friday.

Sweden said Tuesday that it has received a formal request from Poland to help investigate the theft of the infamous Auschwitz death camp sign.

Justice Ministry spokesman Martin Valfridsson said Sweden was asked to supply legal assistance early Tuesday. He could not give more details.

The Arbeit Macht Frei ("Work Sets You Free) sign, was stolen in December and found two days later cut into three pieces. Police have arrested five men in connection with the theft.

Poland's request fuels speculation that there may be a Swedish link to the heist.