The preservation of the authenticity of the Memorial and its daily presentation to visitors from all over the world require funding, which exceeds the capabilities of our Museum. For this reason, in addition to our revenue and grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, external funds derived among others, from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the European Union are of significant importance.
In 2019, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage allocated special-purpose funds in the amount PLN 0.6 million for fire protection of historical buildings at the memorial; PLN 0.2 million for the implementation of a project related to the organization of the New Main Exhibition; PLN 47,000 for the implementation of the research project “Key factors conditioning the implementation of the strategic objectives of museums and memorials of former German Nazi concentration and extermination camps, with particular emphasis on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim”; PLN 64,000 for the implementation of the educational project “Through a common history towards the future”.
The funds transferred from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation totalling PLN 12.8 million were allocated to conservation tasks conducted in 2019 on the grounds of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp (among others, the brick barracks, the ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium, wooden objects, culverts) and current conservation of movable objects in projects carried out in the Conservation Workshops. Furthermore, the record cards of archaeological objects were also developed.
The European Union, within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, co-finances the project “Adaptation of the »Old Theatre« building for the activities of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim.” The project implementation in 2019 was financed to the amount of PLN 9.6 million with funds from the EU and PLN 4.1 million from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The Memorial Foundation for the Victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau supported the substantive activities of the Museum’s departments such as Education, the Digital Repository, the Archives, Exhibitions, Methodology of Guiding, the Publishing House, and also purchased specialist equipment in the form of a scanner for the Library to a total amount of PLN 0.8 million, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands finances the implementation of the Polish-Dutch educational project. The support in 2019 amounted to PLN 0.3 million.
In 2019, the Auschwitz Museum and the International Tracing Service Bad Arolsen continued work on the joint project titled “The reconstruction of the identity of Auschwitz deportees and prisoners based on archival data from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim and the ITS in Bad Arolsen.” The project aims to reconstruct as much data as possible on Auschwitz deportees and prisoners using the archival resources of both institutions. To this end, Volkswagen AG & Internationales Auschwitz Komitee donated PLN 0.4 million in 2019. Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstädten (a foundation from Munich) and the Auschwitz Museum, are continuing with a project that aims to research the fate of Polish political prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp deported to the Dachau and Flossenbürg camp complexes. The project is implemented jointly with Gedenkstädte Flossenbürg and Gedenkstädte Dachau and financed entirely by the Foundation. The value of funds earmarked for the project in 2019 is PLN 0.3 million.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial imposes an obligation of remembrance and education on future generations throughout the world.
Each institution and every person of good will desirous of helping to bear the burden of maintaining, preserving, and ensuring access to these most eloquent, authentic vestiges of the Holocaust and genocide is requested to contact:
PAŃSTWOWE MUZEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU W OŚWIĘCIMIU
ul. Więźniów Oświęcimia 20
Tel. +48 33 844 8003
Fax. +48 33 843 1862
Bank account number: PL 29 1130 1150 0012 1268 9720 0001
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
ul. Stefana Batorego 14
SWIFT CODE: GOSKPLPW
It is also possible to make direct contributions to the Memorial at our website