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Auschwitz: Another 5,000,000 Euro for the perpetual fund

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Make sure your tour provider shows you Block 13 (previously 16a) at Birkenau, and explains its’ significance.

France has contributed 5 million euros for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation which oversees the conservation and maintenance work at the site of the former Nazi German concentration camp in southern Poland.

An agreement to this effect was signed at the Auschwitz Museum by its director Piotr Cywiński and the French minister for war veterans Kader Arif.

The donation will be transferred to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in five yearly installments, starting this year.

The Foundation, which was established in January 2009, hopes to create a Perpetuity Fund of 120 million euros by 2015 to ensure the consolidation, restoration and long-term maintenance of the camp site.

The most sizeable contribution, of 60 million euros, has been offered by Germany. The United States has contributed 15 million US dollars, Poland – 10 million euros and Austria – 6 million euros.

The site of the Auschwitz camp extends over an area of almost 200 hectares and comprises 155 buildings, most which are badly in need of repair. The priority task is the conservation of 45 brick barracks at Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

The conservation projects are also to cover the camp’s archives, documents and objects in the museum collection.

November 24, 2012 - Posted by | Auschwitz, News

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