Vatican to donate €100 000 to Auschwitz upkeep

2014-09-29 19:59
An undated image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland, which was liberated by the Russians, in January 1945. Writing over the gate reads: "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets You Free). (File, AP)

An undated image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland, which was liberated by the Russians, in January 1945. Writing over the gate reads: "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets You Free). (File, AP)

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Warsaw - The Vatican has pledged €100 000 towards preserving the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in southern Poland, the site's museum said on Monday.

"Given our limited resources, the amount is small," Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said.

"But it is an expression of our full support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation" that oversees the upkeep of the former camp, where the Nazis gassed hundreds of thousands of prisoners in occupied Poland during World War II.

The Vatican is the 31st state to donate to the foundation, which has received €102m in pledges, including €60m from the German government.

Wartime pope Pius XII has long been accused of remaining silent in the face of the Holocaust and the mass murder of millions of Jews.

But Pope Francis defended him in June, saying he did not know why everyone "picks on" Pius XII and the Church.

The pontiff also criticised Allied forces for failing to bomb the railway lines that led to the camps.

Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of Nazi Germany's genocide of European Jews, one million of whom died at the camp in the city of Oswiecim from 1940 to 1945.

More than 100 000 others including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and anti-Nazi resistance fighters also died there, according to the museum.

More than one million people visit the museum each year.

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