Poland earmarks funds for Auschwitz memorial

AP News
Posted: Aug 02, 2011 12:02 PM
Poland earmarks funds for Auschwitz memorial

Poland's government has earmarked funds to improve accessibility to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp memorial for visitors and to develop educational programs about the notorious Holocaust site.

At a session on Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk pledged almost 34 million zlotys ($12 million) to local authorities to be spent between 2012 and 2015 on developing access roads leading to the museum and other infrastructure.

The money also would be spent on teaching undergraduate students about human rights, international relations and peace initiatives.

Nazi Germans who occupied Poland during World War II killed more than 1 million people in 1940-45 at Auschwitz and nearby Birkenau. Most of the victims were Jewish.