RThe government of Israel has joined in supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s Perpetual Fund project. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the support will amount to 3,600,000 new shekels, or about $1,000,000. The goal of the Foundation is to finance a long-term program for conserving the authentic Memorial. The overarching value inspiring the effort is maintaining the maximum authenticity and legibility of the post-camp space for future generations.
“The site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where over one million Jews were murdered during the Shoah, has become a key symbol of the Holocaust and of absolute evil. It is therefore a moral imperative to preserve the site's authenticity and legacy, and it is meaningful that Israel is participating in meeting that imperative”, said Avner Shalev, director of the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.
The Israeli Embassy informed that the government of the State of Israel welcomed the decision of establishing the Foundation with great satisfaction and that the funds will be transferred to the Foundation in two equal tranches: in the budget year 2012 and 2013.
In 2010, 59,000 people from Israel visited the Auschwitz Memorial. They were above all groups of young people, but also included military and police groups that travel to Poland within the framework of official educational trips lasting several days.