Implementing the mission of the Memorial, preserving its authenticity and educating on the history of Auschwitz require financial outlays that exceed the capabilities of our Museum. To this end, besides our revenue and subsidies from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN), funds from sources such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the European Union are of great significance.
In 2021, additional funds - special purpose grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the amount of PLN 0.4 million - were allocated for the creation of a research laboratory for the Conservation Workshops; PLN 0.2 million
for the organisation of the New Main Exhibition; PLN 0.1 million for a project related to the organisation of the New Polish Exhibition; PLN 59 thousand for the implementation of the educational project “Connected by the Independent Republic. Citizens of the Second Polish Republic in Auschwitz”; PLN 12 thousand for a Polish-Israeli educational project on shaping the future through lessons from the past, which is a part of the “Inspiring Culture” programme.
PLN 22.8 million of funds transferred from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation were allocated for the implementation of conservation tasks carried out in 2021 on the grounds of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp and the current conservation of movable objects in the project carried out in the conservation laboratories “Conservation of the Museum Collections and Archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: suitcases, wicker baskets, Zyklon B cans, orthopaedic supplies, helmets, shoes, archaeological artefacts and ‘Camp letters’, as well as digitisation of documents and plans of the Zentralbauleitung team”. Furthermore, design documentation for the maintenance of additional facilities was carried out, and work began on implementing BIM methodology and GIS technology, which will permit the creation, sharing and management of maps, applications and spatial data.
Under the European Regional Development Fund, the European Union and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage are co-financing the project “Improving access to cultural resources by extending the visit route of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, including the post camp space of the Schlachthaus and Molkerei buildings together with the reconstruction of the cinema hall”. The project implementation in 2021 was financed with EU funds to the tune of PLN 13.4 million and funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in the amount of PLN 4.3 million.
The Memorial Foundation for the Victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau provided substantive support to the work of the International Center for
Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and the Library, among others, to the tune of PLN 0.1 million.
In 2021, the Auschwitz Museum and the International Tracing Service in 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”. Volkswagen AG & the Internationales Auschwitz Komitee allocated PLN 0.7 million for this project in 2021.
The Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstädte from Munich and the Auschwitz Museum are pursuing a project to clarify the fate of Polish political prisoners from the Auschwitz concentration camp in the Dachau and Flossenbürg camp complexes. The project is implemented jointly with Gedenkstädte Flossenbürg and Gedenkstädte Dachau and is financed entirely by the Foundation. The value of funds earmarked for the project in 2021 is PLN 0.3 million.
The value of the grant made by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation from the United States in 2021 for the construction of the Visitor Services Centre at the Memorial derived from the financial support of donors Ronald S. Lauder and Joel and Ulrika Citron amounted to PLN 8.5 million.
As part of the Memory 4.0 project - which involves presenting the various groups of persecuted people in Auschwitz to young visitors under the so-called iWitness lessons, the Foundation “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (Remembrance, Responsibility and Future) donated funds in the amount of PLN 30 thousand in 2021.
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