WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new Polish foundation has been created that will distribute grants globally to groups that propose new ways to fight indifference to hate and discrimination.
The Auschwitz Pledge Foundation was announced on Wednesday, on the eve of the 77th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet forces in 1945 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in German-occupied Poland. January 27 is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The objective of the Warsaw-based group is to support innovative projects that combat indifference to hatred in societies, based on the idea that it can lead to violence and even genocide.
The foundation plans to start by giving grants of 30,000 euros ($34,000) each to three projects and hopes to expand the program in the coming years. The funds were donated by BNP Paribas bank.
The foundation’s executive director, Jacek Kastelaniec, told The Associated Press that Auschwitz survivors often said one of the worst experiences they had had was the indifference of passers-by.
“That’s what allows horrible things to happen,” he said. “Our goal is to find a way to influence attitudes.”
The Auschwitz site is today a place of remembrance and a museum. Poland was the site of mass executions of Polish Jews and Christians, and it was there that Nazi forces carried out much of their genocide of Jews from across Europe, transporting many to Auschwitz to be murdered. in gas chambers. Today, the Polish state is the guardian of Auschwitz and several other former German-run death camps.
This release corrects the fact that the Auschwitz Pledge Foundation was not started by the Auschwitz Museum, but is a separate initiative.