Taiwan donates EUR 338,000 to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Bartosz Bartyzel/auschwitz.org

Taiwan will become a donor to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation by providing PLN 1.5 million (EUR 338,000) for the support of educational projects devoted to the history of the Nazi German death camp, the foundation announced on its website on Monday.

The education projects funded by Taiwan will be based on new technologies, the website reported.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Monday in Warsaw by the head of the Taipei Representative Office, Weber V.B. Shih, the president of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, Doctor Piotr Cywinski, and the director general of the foundation, Wojciech Soczewica.

"In recent years, thanks to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, and the involvement of many countries, private donors, and local governments, it has been possible to secure the preservation of the vast and the most important Memorial Site in the world," the foundation quoted Cywinski as saying on its website. "In 2020, in the difficult time of the pandemic, the Foundation began to work on significantly strengthening the voice of the Memorial.

"It is worth noting that the first large educational project implemented in this way has been created thanks to the involvement of people from the far - from our perspective - East. Auschwitz, as a symbol, has a global meaning," added Cywinski, who is also director of the Auschwitz Museum.

The Auschwitz website said future projects will use the latest technology to "help educate [people] about the history of Auschwitz and thus help preserve the memory of the victims of the German Nazi camp."