Germany doubles fund to preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau

Germany doubles its share of fund to preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to 120 million euros.

Elad Benari ,

Auschwitz watchtower
Auschwitz watchtower
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Germany has doubled its share of a fund to preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to 120 million euros ($135 million), Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday, according to AFP.

The death camp, which is located in Poland, was where Nazi officials murdered 1.1 million people, a million of whom were European Jews, from 1940 to 1945.

Around 80,000 Poles, 25,000 Roma and 20,000 Soviet soldiers also perished there before the Red Army arrived in January 1945.

Maas was quoted in a statement issued by the Auschwitz museum as saying that Germany would keep doing what "it has done for years within the context of its historical responsibility.

"We want to support this work and preserve the memory because German responsibility for the Holocaust will never end," he added.

Late last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time as chancellor and brought with her a 60 million euro donation from the German government to help conserve the site.

Each year, more than two million people visit the site, which covers more than 200 hectares (500 acres).

A record 2.3 million visitors toured the camp in 2019, an increase of 170,000 on the visitor numbers from 2018, the previous record year.



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