Fundraising to Preserve the Memory of the Holocaust

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has asked 39 countries to donate to the newly established Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation. The goal of the foundation is to raise $160 million for long-term maintenance of the concentration camp site. France, Great Britain and Germany have already pledged donations.

In the meantime, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland and Slovakia have joined forces to renovate the Sobibor concentration camp and open it up to the public. Approximately 34,000 Dutch Jews perished in Sobibor and almost no one survived it. The Nazis dismantled the camp in 1943 and all that remains there now is a monument – a “hill of ashes” – and a small museum with explanations only in Polish. Plans are underway to make Sobibor as impressive a site as Auschwitz.

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