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President visits Auschwitz-Birkenau on the anniversary of its liberation

27th January 2009
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Museum authorities are seeking funds for conservation and restoration work

A fund-raising drive has commenced, to collect money for the camp's conservation
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President Lech Kaczyński will today visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp. The visit will commemorate the 64th anniversary of the camp's liberation.

Along with the commemoration, a drive to collect funds for the conservation and restoration of the camp is also taking place.

Piotr Cywinski, the director of the Auschwitz museum, told British broadsheet The Daily Telegraph that the "most urgent preservation work to save the Auschwitz memorial requires tens of millions of euros.”

The museum estimates that at least zł.370 million in funding is needed.

The United Nations decreed January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005. (RG)

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