Israel will provide NIS 32 million for remodeling and preservation of the museum display at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland. The commitment was announced yesterday by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar at the cabinet's weekly meeting.
"Transmitting the memory of the Holocaust is a legacy to our people," Sa'ar said, adding: "The memory of the horrors of the Holocaust reinforces the significance of the establishment and existence of the State of Israel, the state of the Jews."
The exhibit at the museum on the Jewish Holocaust in a building known as Block 27 was installed in the 1960s. It is considered outmoded and inadequate.
In the course of the remodeling, preservation work will be carried out on the 1,000 square meter historic building in which the exhibits are displayed.
An entirely new museum display will be developed on the genocide of the Jews - dealing more broadly with the extermination of European Jewry rather than just the history of Auschwitz.
The work at Block 27 will be carried out by the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority. The rededication of the museum at Auschwitz is scheduled for the summer of next year.
In recent years, concern has also been expressed regarding the physical state of other buildings and objects at Auschwitz.
The management of the museum there has enlisted the support of countries around the world to fund conservation and renovation work at the site.