President of Finland visits Auschwitz Memorial Site
The president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, visited the Auschwitz Memorial Site and Museum on 10 October. This visit was of a private nature. The honoured guest was greeted by the director of the Museum, Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński.
Sauli Niinistö visited a part of the museum exhibition. He saw block 4, dedicated to the extermination of Jews, block 5, which brought together some of the items stolen from the victims, as well as the crematorium and gas chamber in Auschwitz I. Before the Death Wall in the courtyard of block 11, the president lit a candle and paid tribute to the victims.
"For the memory of all those who have suffered and perished in the ultimate hours of the Holocaust," wrote the president of Finland in the guestbook.
In the second part of the visit, President Niinistö saw the former camps of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, including the railway platform, on which the Germans carried out the selection of Jews deported to the camp. He also lit a candle at the monument to the victims of the camp, located next to the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria II and III.
In December 2012, Finland joined the countries that supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Perpetual Fund. Its aim is the financing of conservation works at the Auschwitz Memorial Site. Finland’s contribution is EUR 50 thousand.
At the Auschwitz Memorial Site on 2 December 2012, the president of the Finish parliament, Eero Heinäluoma, declared Finland’s support, stating that “we must work together so that the Museum can present and provide a warning to the future generations of the worst consequences that stem from intolerance and totalitarianism. Finland is proud to support the Foundation's activities and thus enable the transmission of this message in the coming years and decades”.