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More than 1 million people killed by Nazis in Auschwitz Photo: AP
More than 1 million people killed by Nazis in Auschwitz Photo: AP

EU gives $5.3M to help preserve Auschwitz

Money donated by European Commission to be used to help preserve women's barracks at Birkenau part of Nazi death camp

Associated Press
Published: 12.14.11, 15:16 / Israel Jewish Scene

Authorities at the Auschwitz memorial say that the European Commission has donated €4 million (about $5.3 million) to help preserve the site of the World War II Nazi death camp.


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Authorities said in a statement Wednesday that the money would be used to help preserve the women's barracks at the Birkenau part of the camp.


It will also be used to strengthen and improve the security of the archive building, to expand the database system and to modernize the exhibition of the inmates' suitcases.


The authorities said in a communique that the funds were offered as a result of talks between French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.


Between 1940-45, the Nazis killed more than one million people, mostly Jews, in Auschwitz.



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