Minister Flanagan in Poland to commemorate 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz27 January 2015
Government to provide €10,000 to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, will represent Ireland at a commemoration event in Poland today (Tuesday) to mark the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration Camp.
Minister Flanagan will join over 30 Heads of State or Government along with other dignitaries from around the world, including the Presidents of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Croatia.
More than one million people, the overwhelming majority of them Jews, were killed at the death camp, which was liberated by the Soviet Army on 27 January 1945.
Speaking from Poland, Minister Flanagan stated:
“Auschwitz stands as a haunting symbol of one of the darkest periods in Europe’s history. The ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps will be an occasion when all victims of the Holocaust will be remembered, most especially the few remaining survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, many of whom will be present at the event.
“We must never forget the inhuman cruelty and industrial scale murder that took place here and in other death camps across Europe.
“We must continue to be alive to the fact that the Holocaust had its origins in intolerance, prejudice and racism. We must be vigilant in our promotion of equality and tolerance and our defence of fundamental human rights which remain under threat in many parts of the world today.”
Ireland will make a further contribution of €10,000 to the Perpetual Capital Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
Minister Flanagan stated:
“It is vital that we ensure the conservation and preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site, so that future generations can see an authentic space, honour the memory of the victims and learn the lessons of the Holocaust. Ireland’s contribution of €10,000 will assist in this.”
27 January 2015
Notes to editors:
- Ireland’s contribution of €10,000 to the Perpetual Capital Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is in addition to the €5,000 donated in 2013.
- The Embassy of Ireland in Warsaw participates in meetings of the International Committee of the Foundation.
- 30 states (including Ireland) have contributed to its endowment fund. The Fund was set up in 2009 to ensure the future conservation and preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site, so that future generations can see an authentic space, the scene of one of the biggest crimes in the history of mankind.