The Principality of Monaco has informed the Board of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation that, due to the need to secure the preservation of the Auschwitz Memorial, the country's authorities decided to increase their donation to the Foundation's Perpetual Capital. This decision was also made in the context of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, commemorated on January 27, 2020. The sum of funds donated by Monaco to the Foundation has increased to 115 thousand euros. President of the Foundation Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński expressed his gratitude to the government of the Principality of Monaco for an extremely important decision.
The Portuguese government expressed its gratitude to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for its efforts to preserve the memory of the victims of Auschwitz. In their letter to the Foundation, the Portuguese authorities remind us of the responsibility that stems from the common history of Europe. At the same time, the Portuguese government decided to double its contribution to Perpetual Capital. Thus, the total amount of Portuguese support is 20 thousand euros.
The fact that German support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation celebrating the 10th anniversary of its creation doubled from 60 to 120 million euros was announced at the Auschwitz Memorial by Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. On December 6, Merkel visited together with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the site of former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.
On December 6, at the Jewish Historical Institute, a ceremonial meeting was held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The mission of the Foundation, established in 2009, is to preserve all authentic remains of Auschwitz-Birkenau. To this end, with the support of 38 countries and individuals, the Foundation creates and manages the Endowment Fund, and uses the resulting proceeds to finance the preservation of the Memorial Site.
The four-year conservation of the first brick prisoner barracks at the site of the former German Nazi Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp has come to an end. It is part of the Master Plan for Preservation (MPP), a multi annual conservation program at the Auschwitz Memorial. The MPP is funded by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.