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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

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Volkswagen's support for the Museum

ŁL/PS
01-10-2023

During a visit by a group of Volkswagen executives to the Memorial, which began on 25 September, a car was donated to the Museum, which will assist in the upkeep of the historic site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.

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'The cooperation with VW and the International Auschwitz Committee is multifaceted. It includes educational study visits by vocational school students from Germany and Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, volunteer work or visits by managers. VW and the IAC also support the Museum's activities by donating specialised vehicles necessary for the Memorial's maintenance,' said Andrzej Kacorzyk, director of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

IAC Vice-President Christoph Heubner said: 'We are all aware of the considerable effort you put in daily to preserve the Auschwitz Memorial. Our group of managers will learn more about this over the coming week. It is an honour for us to be able to support you in your daily work through practical measures. We are happy to serve the Polish and European public in such a manner.'

'I am delighted that both Volkswagen executives and trainee groups from Poland and Germany can undertake study visits to the Memorial and that their dedication will be a valuable contribution to the preservation of the site, which holds great significance in world history,' said Ines Doberanzke, who has been responsible for the company's cooperation with the Museum for over 10 years.

The International Auschwitz Committee and the Volkswagen Group are among the honoured donors supporting education at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Their cooperation with the Museum has been ongoing for over three decades. This partnership has made it possible to organise numerous important global educational events, renovate lecture halls, and produce a range of significant publications. Another noteworthy component is the presence of young Germans who, alongside Polish youth, assist with various tasks at the post-camp site every year.