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New Board of Friends of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation


Friends of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, an organization supporting the activities of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in the United States since 2013 has extended the composition of its Board of Directors.

The new members are: Joel Citron, Elly Kleinman, Harry Krakowski and Ronald S. Lauder. They have joined the current members of the board, Gail Becker, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Martin Karlinsky and Kathy H. Rocklen.


Ronald S. Lauder at the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Photo: Jarosław Praszkiewicz
Ronald S. Lauder at...

The new Chair of the Board is Ronald S. Lauder, a philanthropist and art collector, the President of the World Jewish Congress, member of the International Auschwitz Council, who has been regularly supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial for more than two decades. Thanks to Ronald Lauder, in 2003 one the most modern conservation laboratories in the world were created at the Museum.

The main goal of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation which was established in 2009 is to create a Perpetual Fund for the financing of conservation works and preservation of all the authentic remains of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Thanks to the annual interest, it is possible to implement the Master Plan for Preservation developed by specialists, i.e. a comprehensive multi-annual programme of preservation works at the Auschwitz Memorial. The most important project currently being implemented and funded by the Foundation is the conservation of the brick barracks on the site of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp.

So far, donors from the United States have supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, among others, creating the 6 Pillars of Remembrance – each in the amount of € 1 million. The total sum of financial declarations is currently about € 113 million of the planned € 120 million, whereas the Foundation already has over € 101 million in its accounts.

The Auschwitz Memorial represents a duty to remembrance and the education of future generations throughout the world. You can also support the conservation of the authenticity of Auschwitz.