German chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the Auschwitz concentration camp for the first time today. This is a symbolic visit as antisemitism keeps appearing and the disappearance of witnesses is making difficult for the memory of the Holocaust to be communicated to the public.
As part of the visit, Angela Merkel also announced a donation of 60 million EUR to the Auschwitz – Birkenau Foundation for the maintenance of the complex where 1.1 million people were killed between the years of 1940 – 1945. Most of them were killed as they arrived in the concentration camp located in today’s Poland.
Angela Merkel, who was born nine years after the War World II, makes this visit shortly before the 75th anniversary of the day when Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army, on January 27th, 1945.
During the visit to Auschwitz, German chancellor Angela Merkel will be accompanied by Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, one Auschwitz survivor and representatives of the Jewish community.
More than three million of the 3.2 million Jews in Poland were killed by the Nazis, representing almost half of the Jewish people killed during the Holocaust.