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Posted by Russell on September 01, 2006 at 2:23 a.m.
I find this rather humorous. An Italian politician uses the phrase "Arbeit macht Frei" in an otherwise innocuous pamphlet (I presume that in the pamphlet, it was written in Italian). Naturally, people are upset. However, he does say right in the pamphlet:

"Work makes you free. I don't remember where I read this phrase but it was one of those quotes that have an instant impact on you because they tell an immense truth,"

They do have Google in Italy. I was there. I typed "google.com" into my web browser, and poof!, there was Google, in Italian and eveything. If he's guilty of anything, it's publishing a pamphlet without at least casually sticking this "memorable phrase" into a search engine.

It's a shame that Rome's Jewish community has already issued the usual humorless condemnation. It would have been much better for everyone to just make fun of him for being dumb and careless. I doubt very much that he wanted to do anything other than help improve Italy's dismal unemployment situation.

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