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Germany Funds Auschwitz Museum

January 4, 2000

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Germany has pledged $5 million for the upkeep of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, located on the site of the former Nazi death camp in Poland, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Part of the money will also be used for exhibits at the museum, which commemorates some 1.5 million people _ mostly Jews _ who perished at Auschwitz in 1940-45.

About $1.8 million will fund a five-year restoration of 3,600 concrete posts and camp walls starting this spring, museum spokesman Jaroslaw Mensfelt told the Polish news agency PAP.

He said the museum signed the agreement with Germany’s states in December.

Located near the southern city of Oswiecim, the museum draw about 500,000 visitors a year.

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