French Pledge $6.5 Million to Auschwitz-Birkenau Fund

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials at Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum have announced that France plans to donate $6.5 million over the next five years to help preserve the site of the former Nazi death camp.

Museum officials said Tuesday that Prime Minister Francois Fillon pledged the money to an international fund for preserving the site, which contains barracks, gas chambers and the belongings of the people who were killed at the camp.

Between 1940 to 1945, more than one million men, women and children, most of them Jews, were put to death at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

With France's donation, the fund will grow to around $127 million. Officials at the museum hope to raise another $30 million. Germany, Austria, Britain, Israel, the United States and Poland already have contributed to the fund.