Germany Allocates $1.1m to Create Museum at Former Nazi Extermination Camp

The Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibor is being created at the initiative of Poland in coordination with Israel, the Netherlands and Slovakia and will open by 2020

FILE Photo: The Sobibor train station in Poland, December 1, 2009.
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Germany will allocate $1.1 million for a new museum at the former Sobibor Nazi extermination camp.

The money will be used to create a permanent exhibition at the site, which is to be opened in two years. The agreement was signed last week.

The exhibit is part of a new Museum and Memorial Site in Sobibor, implemented by Poland in cooperation with Israel, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Partners in the endeavor are the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the State Museum at Majdanek. The main work is to be carried out in 2019 and 2020.

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The German government will donate the $1.1 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. A building is being built to house the permanent exhibit.

The German ambassador to Poland, Rolf Nikel, in signing the agreement, said that “sustaining memory and engaging in historical truth means that we too today must give the young generation respect for everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, religion, political views or mental health.”

The Sobibor extermination camp operated from May 1942 to October 1943. There, the Nazis murdered from 170,000 to 300,000 Jews from Poland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Belarus. On October 14, 1943, an uprising broke out in the camp, during which some of the prisoners fled. It was one of three – along with Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau — uprisings in Nazi death camps.