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Stolen Nazi concentration camp gate returned to Dachau

  • Employees of a transport company carry the gate with the writing "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets you Free) at the memorial of the former  Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  The gate  was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway.  (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

    Employees of a transport company carry the gate with the writing "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets you Free) at the memorial of the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The gate was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A copy of the historic gate of the memorial site of the former concentration camp Dachauis photographed in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017. The 100 kilogram original historic gate made of  iron was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway. The original gate was returned to the memorial site today.  (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

    A copy of the historic gate of the memorial site of the former concentration camp Dachauis photographed in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017. The 100 kilogram original historic gate made of iron was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway. The original gate was returned to the memorial site today. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Employees of a transport company carry the gate with the writing "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets you Free) at the memorial of the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  The gate  was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway.  (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

    Employees of a transport company carry the gate with the writing "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets you Free) at the memorial of the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The gate was stolen in 2014 and reappeared in November 2016 near the city of Bergen in Norway. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The wrought iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp that was stolen two years ago, prompting an international outcry, has been returned to the German memorial site.

The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," or "Work sets you free," was located in the Bergen area of Norway after authorities received an anonymous tip late last year.

Bavaria's Culture Minister Ludwig Spaenle called the return of the gate Wednesday an important day for the memorial, German news agency dpa reported.

The gate will not be returned to its original position, where a copy now stands, but will become part of the permanent exhibition where it will be kept inside a glass cabinet equipped with an alarm system.

The concentration camp near Munich was established by the Nazis in 1933.

More than 40,000 prisoners died there.