'Canadians Remember' Campaign
The initiators of the „Canadians Remember” campaign want to encourage Canadians to support financially the preservation of the authentic remains of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. The initiative aims at collecting at least 2.5 million Canadian dollars, and a contribution of just 1 dollar is enough to participate.
“We've learned that a remarkable number of Canadian connections to Auschwitz exist in Canada. Many Canadian success stories actually began with the small number of those who survived the Holocaust, emigrating after World War II,” said Rob Carter, the initiator of the project, who visited the Auschwitz Memorial in 2013. “We believe that it's more important than ever for Canadians to recognize the preservation work that goes on every day, and help ensure that future generations around the world have the opportunity to witness and learn learn from the tragic lessons of Auschwitz,” he added.
The funds raised in the project will be donated to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, which aims at collecting 120 million Euro for the Perpetual Fund. The collected funds will allow the preservation of the authentic remains of the Auschwitz camp, which may otherwise deteriorate over time. Canada is among the countries which have already supported the Foundation and it donated 400 thousand Canadian dollars to the Fund.
Until now, the declared financial support amounts to about 102 million Euro. Raising the remaining 18 million Euro involves 18 individual donators—“18 Pillars of Remembrance ”. The organizers of the “Canadians Remember” campaign want the Canadian citizens to become one of the Pillars.
“In a somewhat symbolic sense, this project demonstrates the power of the authenticity of the Memorial as it was a visit in the former camp that made private people undertake this fund raising. This citizens’ initiative makes it possible for many people to help and participate in the project aimed at preserving a historical place,” said Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz Museum and the president of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. “I very much hope that this project will turn out to be successful and that Canadians will join the '18 Pillars of Remembrance',” he added.
In 2013, the Foundation financed conservation works in both parts of the former camp with 3,5 million zlotys to this goal. This year, the estimated capital gain from the Fund amounts to about 5 million zlotys, whereas in the following year it may increase up to 7 million. The most essential task is to conserve 45 brick barracks of the women’s camp located in BI sector of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. Information about the Foundation is available at foundation.auschwitz.org .