Clinton: U.S. to Contribute $150 Million to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

The American contribution is subject to Congressional authorization, but if approved it will begin in 2012.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday announced the U.S. intends to contribute $15 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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Clinton made the announcement at the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, where Oskar Schindler, the German entrepreneur, saved hundreds of Jewish factory workers during the Holocaust.

The State Department on Saturday said Clinton's announcement of the anticipated contribution helps commemorate the 1.1 million victims who perished at the Nazi death camp, and demonstrates the U.S. administration's commitment to Holocaust remembrance and education.

The contribution is subject to Congressional authorization, but if approved it will begin in 2012.

The U.S. contribution is intended to help fund a 120 million euro endowment to preserve and safeguard the remains of the camp, whose buildings and other artifacts are in serious danger of irreversible deterioration.

In 2009 alone, more than 1.3 million people from around the world visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and memorial.