Norway offers aid for Auschwitz upkeep

The complex consisting of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) is the largest Nazi extermination camp.

The complex consisting of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) is the largest Nazi extermination camp.

 

Norway will donate $ 312,000 to the upkeep of the memorial museum at the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is perhaps the most important museum in Europe. This site tells a story that we are not allowed to forget,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, at The International Task Force Holocaust meeting in Oslo on June 24. Click here to read the speech by Støre.

In March, Norway assumed chairmanship of the 26-nation Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education.

“It is up to all of us to help ensure that this memorial over the extermination of Jews in Europe does not fall into disrepair, so that future generations can also learn about the darkest chapter in European history and thereby help make sure that it never happens again,” he said.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Krakow is a network of barracks, factories and extermination areas. The whole site has been turned into the Museum of Martyrdom

Poland has proposed the creation of an international fund of 120 million euros for the maintenance of the camp, where some 1.1 million people were killed, including a million Jews from different countries, from 1940 to 1945.

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