Austria donates $8 million to Auschwitz fund

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 2:33 PM
Austria donates $8 million to Auschwitz fund

Austria's parliament has authorized a donation of euro6 million ($8 million) toward helping to renovate a memorial to Holocaust victims who died at Auschwitz.

The death camp in Poland was the most infamous of the string of death camps set up by Germany's Nazis. More than 1 million people, most of the Jews, died there, the majority in gas chambers.

Many Austrians supported Hitler and some of the Nazi dictator's key associates were Austrians.

The Austrian donation is part of a target of euro120 million ($160.5 million) earmarked internationally to maintain the site. Germany, about 10 times Austria's size, has agreed to contribute euro60 million ($80.26 million).