Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
Founded2009, Warsaw, Poland
FocusSupport and protection of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site
  • Warsaw, Poland
Area served
Poland and abroad
MethodFundraising and managing funds for conservation
Key people
Piotr Cywiński, president of the Foundation
Władysław Bartoszewski, chairman of the Council and founder of Foundation
WebsiteOfficial website of the Foundation

Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, created in 2009 by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, aims in gathering and manage the iron fund from which income shall finance long-term, global preservation program of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site.

Aim and objectives of the Foundation[edit]

The main objective of the Foundation is to look after the Memorial Site – the grounds and remnants of the former concentration camp KL Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau concentration camp supervised by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim (...), as well as to support the Museum's mission.[1]

The aim is to be accomplished primarily through the collection of funds for conservation and financing the conservation works. The funds are collected for the Foundation's Perpetual Fund. According to the objectives of the Foundation, the annual interest (approximately 4-5 million) from the Fund of 120 million EUR, would allow for planned and systematic conservation work.

World Reactions[edit]

The Foundation was registered in Warsaw, Poland in April 2009, but already 2 months earlier, the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk sent letters to dozens countries requesting assistance in the construction of a proposed iron fund of 120 million euro.

December 16, 2009, Germany has taken a joint decision, federal-lands, to donate to the fund 60 million EUR in five equal installments from 2011 to 2015.[2] However, in June 2010, Germany decided to send additional 120,000 euros to cover the costs of running the office of the Foundation.[3]

In February 2010, Austria announced a payment of 6,000,000 euros. In July 2010, United States pledged $15,000,000 (approximately 12, 2 million euros).[4]

In July 2010, United States of America declared donation of 15 million USD (about 12,2 million EUR).[5]

In May 2011 Great Britain declared support of the fund in the amount of 2,15 million GBP (about 2,41 million EUR).[6]

On October 5, 2011 President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, signed special act (supported earlier by all parliamentary clubs of the lower and higher chambers of Polish Parliament) according to which Poland supported the fund in the amount of 10 millions EUR (which is about 8% of whole fund amount).[7]

Prime Minister of State of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu, declared support of 3,6 million NIS (about 715 thousands EUR).[8]

In December 2011, prime minister of France declared 5 million EUR of support for the fund.[9]

Smaller amounts to the fund had been donated also by Australia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey and Vatican.[10]

And by the cities of Paris (France), Boulogne-Billancourt (France), Kołobrzeg (Poland).

Foundation's Authorities[edit]

Four separate bodies of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation (the Council, the International Committee, the Management Board, and the Financial Commission) ensure the transparency, efficiency, and accountability of their respective work, all of which is of crucial importance to the Foundation. The Foundation’s Statutes regulate the structural and functional integrity of the process behind the creation and management of the Perpetual Capital. Moreover, the Foundation has established a professional relationship with two renowned companies that advise it on legal matters, accounting, and bookkeeping. All of these factors emphasize the Foundation’s primary objective of securing the safety of the Perpetual Capital and guaranteeing transparency with respect to the disposal of funds.

Current President of the Management Board of the Foundation is Piotr Cywiński, PhD. In the Management Board sit also: Łukasz Rozdeiczer, Rafał Pióro and Jacek Kastelaniec who is the Director General of the Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation.

The Foundation's Council sit: Władysław Bartoszewski - Council's Chairman and Founder, Eleonora Bergman, Henry Flug, Piotr Kadlčik, Serge Klarsfeld, Edward Kosakowski, Paweł Machcewicz, Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska, Zbigniew Nosowski, Jürgen Rüttgers, Kalman Sultanik, Józef Wancer, Marek Zając, abp. Józef Życiński.

The work of the Foundation's is being supervised by the International Committee, composed by representatives of countries whose governments have donated for the Perpetual Fund of the Foundation. So far, these countries are: Germany, Austria, the United States. And also: Czech Republic, the Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway, the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of Estonia.

The Council

The Foundation’s Council is the decision-making, supervisory and opinion forming body. The tasks of the Council include appointing and recalling members of the Foundation’s Management Board, supervising its decisions and defining the main aims of the Foundation’s activities.

Members of the Council

Władysław Bartoszewski - former prisoner of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, co-founder of the Żegota Jewish Aid Council, chairman of the International Auschwitz Council and the Board for the Protection of the Memory of Combat and Martyrdom, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of the Polish Republic (twice), Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue.

Eleonora Bergman – director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, member of the International Consultative Council creating the new main exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Henryk Flug – former prisoner of Nazi concentration camps, chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors and the International Auschwitz Committee, member of the International Auschwitz Council.

Piotr Kadlčik – chairman of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Polish Republic, chairman of the Jewish Community in Warsaw, member of the board of the European Congress of Jews.

Serge Klarsfeld– historian, lawyer, deputy chairman of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah (Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah), chairman of the Fils et Filles des Déportés Juifs de France (Sons and Daughters of the Deported Jews of France), member of the Board of Trustees of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum-Birkenau.

Edward Kosakowski – Chairman of the Chair of the Conservation and Restoration of Wall Paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, member of the Board of Trustees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Paweł Machcewicz – historian, professor at the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń, plenipotentiary of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers for the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.

Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska – former consul-general of the Republic of Poland in New York, the ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Israel, member of the International Auschwitz Council.

Zbigniew Nosowski – former co-chairman and now deputy chairman of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews, editor-in-chief of Więź magazine, co-founder and chairman of the Social Committee for the Remembrance of the Jews of Otwock and Karczew.

Kalman Sultanik– former prisoner of Nazi concentration camps, deputy chairman of the World Jewish Congress and the United Israel Appeal, member of the International Auschwitz Council, chairman of the financial commission of the International Auschwitz Council.

Jürgen Rüttgers – minister of education in the Helmut Kohl government from 1994–98, former Prime Minister of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Józef Wancer– banker, deputy chairman of Citibank of New York for 23 years, former chairman of the board of Bank BPH.

Marek Zając – secretary of the International Auschwitz Council, lecturer at the Rev. Józef Tischner Higher European School.

Abp. Józef Życiński – Metropolitan of Lublin, theologian, philosopher, member of the Polish Academy of Science, member of the Papal Culture Council, Great Chancellor of the Lublin Catholic University, lecturer at Berkeley and Oxford Universities.

International Committee

The statutes allow an International Committee to ensure that the functioning of the Foundation is completely transparent to the public and to its benefactors. The members of the Committee come from countries and institutions which contributed to the creation of the Perpetual Capital Fund. The International Committee has constant access to information about the work of the Foundation, and assesses the work of the Foundation and examines its plans at special sessions. No changes to the Foundation's statutes will be possible without first consulting with the Committee.

Management Board

The Management Board manages the Foundation’s activities and represents it externally. It consists of one to six members appointed by the Foundation's Council for three-year terms of office.

Piotr Cywiński – President of the Management Board and also Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, long-serving secretary of the International Auschwitz Council, president of the Warsaw Catholic Intelligentsia Club from 2000–2010, Ph.D. in history.

Rafał Pióro– deputy director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum responsible for the preservation of the site, collections and archives; former head of the Preservation Department at the Museum; and creator of the conservation workshops and laboratories at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Łukasz Rozdeiczer – lawyer, graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Warsaw Universities, lecturer in law at Georgetown University.

Jacek Kastelaniec – Director General of the Foundation responsible for fundraising for the statutory activity of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, graduate of the Department of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw and of the University of Montpellier.

Financial Commission

The Financial Commission, consisting of renowned experts in the field of safe fund investing, advises the Foundation's Management Board on fund investing strategy. The objective of the commission's members is to: coordinate and oversee the financial work of the Auschwitz—Birkenau Foundation; selectively choose the appropriate banking institution in which the endowment fund shall be deposited; develop recommendations for investing the Perpetual Capital; cooperate with companies that specialize in such investments. Mr. Józef Wancer is the current chairman of the Commission. The members of the Financial Commission include: Józef Wancer, Włodzimierz Grudziński, Antoni F. Reczek, Ekkehard Thiesler and Claude Trink.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Foundation Statutes". Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2010..
  2. ^ "Niemcy dadzą milion euro na renowację muzeum Auschwitz". 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Niemieckie środki dla biura Fundacji Auschwitz-Birkenau". 18 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  4. ^ "USA dają 15 mln dolarów na Muzeum Auschwitz: By nienawiść nie zadała rany ludzkości". 3 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
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  8. ^ "Izrael wspiera Fundację Auschwitz-Birkenau". Miejsce Pamięci i Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. 2011-09-23. Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  9. ^ "Francja przekaże 5 mln euro dla Fundacji Auschwitz-Birkenau". Newsweek Polska. Am/PAP. 2011-12-27. Archived from the original on 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  10. ^ "Wsparcie Watykanu dla Fundacji Auschwitz-Birkenau". Miejsce Pamięci i Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. ps. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29.