Hillary Clinton Announces $15 Million Pledge to Help Preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau
Secretary Clinton visited the Schindler factory museum in Poland earlier today and pledged to help preserve it and the remains of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp:
Speaking at the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, Clinton said the contribution will go to preserve the site of the concentration camp and “demonstrates America’s commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance and research,” the State Department said.
Some 1.1 million people perished at the Auschwitz-Berkenau concentration camp.
Because of the camp was initially constructed as a temporary place, the buildings and other artifacts at Auschwitz-Birkenau are deteriorating, the State Department said.
If approved, the funding would be provided over five years starting in 2012.
<The United States encouraged other nations to follow suit and contribute to the fund to preserve the site for future generations, the State Department said.
Thanks to Melusine who correctly pointed out that Germany has stepped up to the plate and given a significant amount of funds (60 million euros) towards the preservation of the museum and the entire site. I had made a stupid comment in this post [which I removed] about how I thought Germany should be sure to pony up some funds but I had been too lazy to look up and see if they already had, and in a much-deserved bit of instant Karma, I was shown to be wrong. So this is my mea culpa.