Auschwitz conservation work to cost EUR 1m

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25 May 2005, WARSAW - Conservation work aimed at preserving the kitchen of the infamous WWII Auschwitz death camp will cost more than EUR 1 million, the Polish PAP news agency reported on Wednesday.

25 May 2005

WARSAW - Conservation work aimed at preserving the kitchen of the infamous WWII Auschwitz death camp will cost more than EUR 1 million, the Polish PAP news agency reported on Wednesday.

Restored from a state of ruin in 1961-63, current plans call for the kitchen building to be adapted to serve as a gallery for arts and crafts made by the camp's prisoners and survivors.

The Nazis forced camp prisoners to create posters as well as draft plans for the camp's expansion and make handicrafts. Auschwitz inmates also risked punishment to create illegal works of art detailing their harrowing existence at the camp.

140 works from the Auschwitz museum's collection are currently being exhibited at Berlin's Centrum Judaicum in an exhibition which was opened on Tuesday by German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

"These are paintings full of longing and the irrepressible wish for freedom," said Schroeder in a speech. He added: "This exhibit honours artists who have a firm place in today's system of peace and freedom. This remains their legacy - for all time."

The collection of the Auschwitz State Museum in Oswiecim also includes works of art created and donated after the war by survivors of the camp.

A spokesperson for the museum in Oswiecim said it was still looking for funding for the project.

Synonymous with the Holocaust in which six million European Jews perished, the twin death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau were the largest and most deadly built by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Between 1940-1945 at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, perished at the camp located in the sleepy town of Oswiecim in what is now south-central Poland.

[Copyright DPA with Expatica 2005]

Subject: German news

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