Daily Heil Online to unemployed graduates: “Arbeit Macht Frei” – “work sets you free” – still has something serious to commend it

‘There are easier phrases to rehabilitate’


"Arbeit Macht Frei" is seen at the gate of Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Photograph: Getty Images

RightMinds, the Mail Online’s comment hub, contains a piece by Dominique Jackson. Writing on the “problem” of unemployed graduates with high expectations, she argues that:

The German slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” is somewhat tainted by its connection with Nazi concentration camps, but its essential message, “work sets you free” still has something serious to commend it. There is dignity to be gained from any job, no matter how menial, and for young people at the start of their careers, there are valuable lessons to be learned from any form of employment, whether that is on the factory floor, on a supermarket till or in the contemporary hard labour camp of a merchant bank or law office.

Wow. Good luck with the rehabilitation of that phrase.


The Daily Mail is practicing its usual “editing by Twitter”, it seems. The piece is a month old – originally published on July 13 – but has mysteriously been updated in the last few minutes to remove the offending paragraph.

Padraig Reidy managed to save a screenshot of the original piece (click for big):

Hilariously, at least at the time of writing, the piece was so hastily edited that the font size in the new paragraphs is noticeably different from the old.

New Statesman

See also: Daily Mail openly supporting Fascism:

‘The Daily Mail, the newspaper that supports Le Pen’

‘It famously supported Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, has published an article openly supporting French Fascist candidate Marine Le Pen.
‘In an article that appeared beside a photo of child-killing mass-murderer Anders Breivik, despite admitting that Le Pen’s economic policies “are both foolish and futile”, Richard Waghorne claims that “the only responsible vote in France… is a vote for Marine Le Pen”, because the National Front “has highlighted the country’s right to defend its national identity”. ‘

1 thought on “Daily Heil Online to unemployed graduates: “Arbeit Macht Frei” – “work sets you free” – still has something serious to commend it

  1. Humanity2012 says:

    Fascism is about in Essence State Corporatism and Oppression it is More than
    just Oswald Mosley and Pals Marching about in Blackshirts the UK is Essentially
    like other ” Democratic ” Countries a Fascist Control Freak State

    I Am Glad I do Not Read the ” Papers ” they are a Tool of Regime Propaganda

    Human Rights Makes People Free Not the Demeaning Slavery of Capitalist
    Slave Labour Exploitation so to Hell with Arbeit Macht Frei Now and Forever

    Wake Up Slavish Britain and Get a Decent Government in Office Now

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