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  1. "Arbeit macht frei" is the debut album of the Jazz fusion band Area. It is notable for featuring Patrick Djivas on bass and Eddie Busnello on saxophone, which parted after the release of the album. According to the booklet the lyrics were written by Frankestein, and the music was written by Patrizio Fariselli. "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre" became Area's first hit. It was only released as a juke box only item, and the b-side was the song "Miña" by Italian prog band Aktuala. On the posthumous live release "Concerto Teatro Uomo", Demetrio Stratos says that "L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin" was composed after a pub on which they were playing asked them to perform "Whole Lotta Love". They didn't know the song and played that one instead, and they got fired. Guitarist Paolo Tofani can be heard quoting the main riff during his solo. "L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin" was also released as a 7", backed by the title track of the album, but failed to hit any charts.
  2. "Arbeit macht frei" is a musical album of Juden Mord.


Arbeit macht frei is a German phrase meaning "work makes free". The slogan is known for having been placed over the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps during World War II, including most infamously Auschwitz I, where it was made by prisoners with metalwork skills and erected by order of the Nazis in June 1940.

  • also known as 勞動帶來自由

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Google previewHolocaust Film (2009)

The Political Aesthetics of Ideology by Terri Ginsberg

Arbeit Macht Frei is a station play, a mobile production spanning the Palestinian- Israeli town of Akko [Acre] and the nearby Ghetto Fighters Museum at Kibbutz Lohamai Hagetaot, which dramatizes the relationship of the Judeocide to the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Holocaust (2010)

by Jack R. Fischel

December: Thieves steal the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work liberates) from the entrance to the former Auschwitz death camp. 19 December: Pope Benedict XVI moves Pius XII, whom a number of Jewish groups have accused of remaining ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (2001)

by Anthony Lejeune

Friedrich von Schell mg Arbeit macht frei. Inscription over the gates of Dachau ( and subsequently those of Auschwitz), 1933 Auch das Schöne muß sterben! Auf der Welt ist kein Bestand, Wir müssen alle sterben, Das ist uns wohlbekannt!

Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2016)

by Elizabeth Knowles

May flowers SPRING cold April the barn will fill SPRING cuckoo comes in April BIRDS March borrowed from April three days SPRING Arbeit Arbeit macht frei WORK Arcadia Et in Arcadia ego DEATH arch arch never sleeps ARCHITECTURE ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness (2014)

by Rebecca Solnit

On the one hand we can imagine Martha running a house in which needlepointed cushions say Arbeit Macht Frei; on the other, we can summon up William Morris and John ruskin trying to locate the meaning in labor in the face of the industrial ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (2010)

by Terri Ginsberg, Chris Lippard

while the latter satirizes the social—psychological effects of internalized atrocity stories and imagery as depicted in the experimental Israeli station-play, Arbeit Macht Frei 'mi Toitland Europa (1992), also documented in the German– Israeli ...

Google previewEncyclopedia for the New American Century (2006)

Understanding Verbalizations in This New Age of Empire, Mythology And Consumerism by R. B. Vineyard

As the saying goes: Arbeit Macht Frei! Unitary Executive Theory: Now there's a mouthful that simply ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of the Third Reich (2013)

by Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

Arbeit macht frei. Literally “labor liberates” or “work makes free.” Originally an old German peasant saying, this slogan was emblazoned on the gates of concentration and extermination camps, as part ofthe deception process by which it was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media and Propaganda in Wartime America (2011)

by Martin J. Manning, Clarence R. Wyatt

The sign over the camp gate reading Arbeit macht Frei (work brings freedom) meant the work of slave labor and freedom only in the release of death. For those who passed the medical inspection, life in the camp was defined by deliberate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2002)

Volume 72: Supplement 35 by Allen Kent

Ironically, it is accompanied by the words Arbeit macht Frei ("Works makes you free"). A closer look at the panels in the book version reveals many "irregularities" — open panels containing present commentary on the past, close-ups contained ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (2007)

by Elizabeth Knowles

article 1 3 Arbeit macht frei. Work liberates. words inscribed on the gates of Dachau concentration camp, 1933, and subsequently on those of Auschwitz 4 The best defence against the atom bomb ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century (2004)

by Sorrel Kerbel

But Fink reverses this action, turning it into a terminal and fatal movement, conveying the Nazi perversion onto language—a beautiful May morning become an action, no longer a beautiful event but an action— Arbeit macht frei. The point of ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Quotations by Subject (2010)

by Susan Ratcliffe


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