Support from Taipei for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
Taiwan will join the group of donors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Its support will amount to PLN 1.5 million. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, these funds will be allocated to implementing educational projects devoted to the history of Auschwitz using new technologies.
The MoU was signed on 14 December in Warsaw by the Head of the Taipei Representative Office, Weber V.B. Shih, the president of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński, and the director general of the Foundation, Wojciech Soczewica.
In recent years, thanks to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, the involvement of many countries, private donors, and local governments, it has been possible to secure the preservation of the vast and the most important Memorial Site in the world. In 2020, in the difficult time of the pandemic, the Foundation began to work on significantly strengthening the voice of the Memorial,' said the president of the Foundation and the director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński.
‚It is worth noting that the first large educational project implemented in this way is created thanks to involvement of people from the far - from our perspective - East. Auschwitz, as a symbol, has a global meaning,' he emphasized.
The future projects are to use the latest technologies to help educate about the history of Auschwitz and thus help preserve the memory of the victims of the German Nazi camp.
‚Taiwan, upholding the high value of respect for human rights, stands ready to join global donors in supporting the Foundation's effort to perpetuate the Holocaust sites as the foundations for education and awareness for future generations,' said Weber V.B. Shih, Head of the Representative Office.
'The Foundation's activities are possible only thanks to the solidary support of a broad international coalition. That is why it is so important that the number of the Foundation partners, ready to take on a significant part of the responsibility for our common future, is constantly expanding,' said Wojciech Soczewica, the director general of the Foundation.
'The similarity of the challenges faced by today's young generations in Europe or Asia means for us the necessity to search for common answers to difficult lessons from history. The more significant are the opportunities for the Foundation coming from Taiwanese support for modern educational projects,' he added."