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Buchenwald gate on display

The iron gate at the entrance to Buchenwald has been temporarily removed to form the centerpiece of an exhibit in tribute to its designer, who was forced to come up with the concept while an inmate at the Nazi concentration camp.

Franz Ehrlich, a German Communist Party member and activist, was arrested in the early 1930s and spent several years at Buchenwald, near the eastern city of Weimar.

In 1938, SS officials at the camp forced Ehrlich, a designer and architect, to come up with the design of the gate, which carries the cynical slogan "Jedem das Seine" or "To Each His Own."

In a subtle act of defiance, Ehrlich used a typeface for the lettering of the slogan designed by one of his teachers at the Bauhaus school, which was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. Ehrlich died in 1984.

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