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22:03 Mar 29, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: arbeit macht frei
form a concentration camp in germany during the holocaust

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nawork spells freedom
Ingrid Fabi
naWork makes one free
Dierk Seeburg
Elisa Capelão



20 mins

its quite famous indeed...

there are many possible translations. I think the best one is the above, though.

here they are:
-work liberates
-work makes you free
-work makes one free
-work brings freedom
-work is liberty
-work will make you free

here are some refrences for you:

ARBEIT MACHT FREI, entrance gate to Auschwitz I
... Please sign the petition HERE. ARBEIT MACHT FREI - WORK
LIBERATES. Some people still refuse to accept ...

Arbeit Macht Frei
... Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Brings Freedom) was the sign over the gates of Auschwitz.
It was placed there by Major Rudolf Hoss, commandant of the camp. ...

Rudy Brueggemann's Photos of Arbeit Macht Frei slogans at ...
... camp entrances. No one who entered the camps was decieved by hollow promises, like
the motto "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work is liberty or work makes you free). No ...

bg.txt: Re: Arbeit Macht Frei: Inter. Greek Scholar
... To: "Laskkowski (Joan)" <>, >> "Renate Bridenthal (CUNYVM)"Subject:
Arbeit Macht Frei >> >>"Work will make you free" is an old World War II ...

Arbeit Macht Frei - Virtual Tour of Theresienstadt
... The gate at the end of this courtyard states "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Makes One
Free"), the same phrase that was repeated often by the Nazis within their ...


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Elisa Capelão
Local time: 23:05
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 117

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Dierk Seeburg

Ulrike Lieder

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2 hrs
Work makes one free

As you probably already know, this macabre motto hung over the gate to the Auschwitz complex of buildings. In actuality, the opposite was true. Victims who were spared immediate death were selected for forced labor in labor camps such as Auschwitz. Labor became another form of genocide that the Nazis called extermination through work.

I humbly suggest adopting the translation used by internationally recognized organisations like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum <> and the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise <>: "Work makes one free".

Other translations are not as widely accepted as judged by a restrictive power search since they score fewer directly related hits to the topic at hand. Another alternative that possibly flows better in English could be "Work will set you free."

Best wishes,

Dierk Seeburg
Local time: 16:05
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work spells freedom

my suggestion...

Ingrid Fabi
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