Gross-Rosen Museum under culture ministry

The Culture Ministry will join forces with local authorities in administrating the Gross-Rosen Museum on the site of the World War II Gross-Rosen Nazi-German death camp in southern Poland.

A letter of intent in the matter was sealed on Monday by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński and members of the Dolnośląskie provincial government. Gliński said after signing the letter that the plan was in line with the government's policy foreseeing extended state protection over national heritage sites.

Gliński highlighted that the Gross-Rosen site, to date run only by local authorities, commemorated the suffering and deaths of thousands of prisoners, and therefore deserved to be raised to the rank of a government-protected memorial site.

"This site marks the suffering and death of thousands of prisoners during World War Two, and we want sites testifying to German terror (...) to receive adequate and dignified commemoration. Thus, we plan to aid efforts in this direction by regional authorities and the museum's management with support from the Culture Ministry," Gliński said.

Gliński added that the ministry will among others co-finance the Gross-Rosen Museum and its various projects.

The Gross-Rosen concentration camp was a system of camps located in eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, and on the territory of occupied Poland. The hub camp was located in the German village of Gross-Rosen, today the village of Rogoźnica in the Lower Silesian province of south-western Poland.

At the peak of its activity in 1944, the Gross-Rosen complex accounted for 11 percent of the total number of inmates incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps during World War Two.