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Australia Donates $500,000 to Auschwitz Fund

The Australian government donated $500,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation fund.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/27/2012, 1:53 PM

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard
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The Australian government donated $500,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation fund.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the contribution on Thursday at the Jewish Holocaust Center in Melbourne.

"The intention of the fund is simple -- to ensure that the foundation will never want for money so that Auschwitz-Birkenau will always be conserved," Gillard said. "We make this gift because Auschwitz is a place and a story for all humankind and for all time."

Jewish lawmaker Michael Danby, who accompanied Gillard on the visit, said the donation was a “validation of the life and struggle for survival of the survivors.”

The dontion “will again demonstrate that the Australian government recognises our survivors of the Holocaust and the impact they have had on Australian society,” Danby said.

A number of countries, including Israel, the United States and Britain, have already contributed towards the foundation, which has amassed $120 million since its founding in 2009.