January 27, 2020
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO
Additional U.S. Contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
To honor Holocaust victims, to preserve the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial and Museum so future generations never forget, and to further efforts to combat contemporary forms of anti-Semitism, the Department of State, working with Congress, intends to contribute an additional $2 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. This contribution is in addition to the $15 million the United States provided over a five-year period, which ended in 2018, to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. This funding demonstrates our commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance, dialogue, and research.
The United States encourages other nations to join us in supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. We firmly believe it is humanity’s duty to honor Holocaust survivors, guard the memory of Holocaust victims and all other victims of Nazi persecution, and fight back against anti-Semitism, and attempts to ignore and revise history. We urge all to take active steps to make sure the horrors of the Holocaust are not repeated and future crimes against humanity are prevented.