Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Announces U.S. Contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 4, 2010
Secretary Clinton Tours the Schindler Factory Museum
Secretary Clinton at the Schindler Factory Museum
Secretary Clinton Makes an Observation at the Schindler Factory Museum
Secretary Clinton Walking Through the Schindler Factory Museum
Secretary Clinton Signs the Guest Book at the Schindler Factory Museum
Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the Schindler Factory Museum

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On July 3, Secretary Clinton visited the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland and announced the U.S. intention to contribute $15 million over five years to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, subject to Congressional authorization and appropriations.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau death and concentration camp is one of the most widely recognized symbols of racism, bigotry, and hatred where untold millions suffered unthinkable and heinous treatment under Nazi tyranny. While there are hundreds of other historically important camps and mass grave sites, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of the Holocaust.

The preservation and continuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau is essential so that future generations can visit and understand how the world can never again allow a place of such hatred and persecution to exist. It is also an important educational tool to show those who doubt that the Holocaust ever existed that indeed, tragically, it did.

After visiting the Schindler Factory Museum, Secretary Clinton said:

"We see here the two realities of the Holocaust. One involves the cold, mechanized slaughter of millions of men, and women, and children, many of them wrenched from their communities, herded into boxcars by their neighbors and sent to die, including, not far from here, in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. And yet we also see and are heightened by the stories of the righteous, the thousands who risked lives, fortunes, and reputations to rescue friends and strangers from the horrors of the Shoah.

"The courage of Oskar Schindler and Minister Bartoszewski gives us proof that, in the face of the worst that humanity is capable of, there are amongst us individuals who are defiant, and who are unwilling to accept that alternative reality.

"We have an obligation to remember both sides of that experience of the Holocaust. And today I am proud to announce the intention of the Obama Administration to work with Congress to secure $15 million in funding for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. We encourage other nations to join us in contributing to this fund. In just one year, 2009 alone, more than 1.3 million people from around the world visited the museum and memorial of Auschwitz. Our contribution will help preserve the camp so that future generations can see for themselves why the world must never again allow a place of such hatred to scar the soul of humankind. I appreciate the Members of Congress who have been supportive of this initiative. I look forward to working with them to secure this funding.

"We also have a duty to seek justice for victims of the Holocaust and their families. And the United States applauds the recent agreement by over 40 countries to endorse guidelines and best practices for the restitution and compensation of property that was confiscated by the Nazis and their collaborators.

"The history we see here is a reminder that there is an alternative to inaction, a reminder that when we learn of crimes that cry out against our conscience we cannot stand by in quiet revulsion, hoping the world will fix itself. We must follow the example of the righteous among the nations. And the way best to honor their memory is by acting as they would have us to act."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

Comments

Comments

OysterCracker
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United States
July 5, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

You forgot one place holder to the right. As in 150 million.

Douglas P.
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Oregon, USA
July 8, 2010

Douglas J.P. in Oregon writes:

I turned in the people from the Nazi terror bust belgum. I wasa Olympic quality reining horse trainer and the Polish rening team and most now are using my technicks. I really like the picture of Hillary here.. the emoton is genune. I hope she lets the world know a lttle of what I went through So I can live my lympic dream and be free to sell my own gift God gave me and would love to teach the team Poland for 2012!
Douglas Phipps

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