Israeli basketball players greeted by Auschwitz sign

Players of Maccabi Tel Aviv encounter "Arbeit Machi Frei" sign at their hotel in Istanbul.

Neri Weiss,

Auschwitz sign
Auschwitz sign
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Players of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team encountered a disturbing sign when they arrived on Wednesday at their hotel in Istanbul, ahead of their match on Thursday against Darussafaka as part of the EuroLeague.

The players were greeted by a German-language sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work sets you free), the statement that was found at the entrance to the Auschwitz Nazi camp.

Maccabi center Jake Cohen tweeted a photo of the sign and cynically wrote, “Very curious as to why this sign was posted in our Istanbul hotel. #WeRemember.”


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