Many people passed under the sign to their deaths
The infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland - stolen last month and quickly recovered - has been returned.
Police handed the damaged wrought iron sign to officials at the camp's museum and they will now try to restore it.
The museum said it was not yet clear if the sign, which thieves cut into three pieces, will be put back in place.
Five Polish men have been charged over the theft, and prosecutors are also pursuing a suspected Swedish neo-Nazi.
The museum placed a copy of the sign - which means "Work sets you free" - over the gate immediately after the theft.
The repairs mean the original will not be back in place for ceremonies on 27 January marking the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.
"We are very relieved that this profaned and vandalised sign will return to its place," Jaroslaw Mensfelt, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, told Reuters news agency.
"But as to the question of whether it will return to the gate or not, this will be decided by a number of criteria."
The museum said its management would decide, along with the International Auschwitz Committee, whether to put the sign back above the gate.
The five-metre (16-ft) sign was recovered in northern Poland two days after it was stolen from the camp on 18 December.
Made by prisoners under German orders, it remains an enduring symbol of the Holocaust.
More than a million people - 90% of them Jews - were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.