Russia allocates $1 million to perpetuate the memory of Auschwitz prisoners

Draft order on allocation of $1 million from the Russian federal budget for the payment of a voluntary contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau fund has been prepared by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The directive aims to perpetuate the memory of Soviet prisoners detained during WWII in "Auschwitz-Birkenau" concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland, the liberating role of the USSR and its Armed Forces in Europe during the World War II.

The document has been reviewed and approved at the meeting of the Russian Government.


Auschwitz concentration camp and extermination camp is a set of German death camps, located near the Polish town of Oswiecim, 60 km. from Krakow, in 1940-1945. In international practice, German name "Auschwitz" is used instead of Polish "Oswiecim", as it was the former that was used by the Nazi administration.

Modern historians agree that in Auschwitz Nazis killed between 1.1 and 1.6 million people:

1,100,000 Jews

140,000-150,000 Pols

100,000 Russians

23,000 Gypsies

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