Strengthening the Netherlands' support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has announced its decision to donate one million euros to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation's Perpetual Fund. The money comes from the budget of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, in the scope of activities related to war veterans and memory.
With this decision, the Dutch government underlines its dedication to the memory of the victims crimes of World War II crimes, which is part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the country from German occupation, held each year on 5 May.
‘I am incredibly moved by the decision,’ said Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and president of the Foundation. ‘The decision came at a challenging time for everyone, a time of border closure and the fight against the pandemic. The government in The Hague has shown us and the entire world that regardless of any current severe difficulties, living memory will forever and in every situation be the basis for building a better world: safe, fair, democratic and respectful of human rights,’ Piotr Cywiński emphasised.
The importance that the Kingdom of the Netherlands attaches to memory is demonstrated by the presence of a delegation led by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, Her Majesty Queen Máxima and the Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi Auschwitz camp, on 27 January 2020. In previous years, The Hague has already donated 400 thousand euros to the Foundation's Perpetual Fund. With the decision announced today, the amount of the Dutch support for the Foundation stands at 1,4 million, eurros which places the country among the 7 largest donors to the Foundation. The Netherlands also actively supports the creation of a new memorial in Sobibor.
The decision to allocate additional funds to the Foundation stems from the need to strengthen the Fund, which is fundamental to financing the conservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.