The New Zealand Government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has announced it will donate €50,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

"Ensuring the conservation of the remnants of the former concentration camp is of great significance to New Zealand. New Zealand’s history and identity has strong ties to the camp as a reminder of the holocaust and World War Two. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage offers the grant to the Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation in support of maintaining the memory of the holocaust and ensuring this important piece of world history is never forgotten" - reads the statement sent by the New Zealand embassy.

Already 17 states and 3 cities have decided to join the Foundation’s efforts to collect the Endowment Fund. 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.