The Edmond J. Safra Foundation Makes One Million Euro Donation for the Preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
On the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, chaired by Mrs. Lily Safra, has donated 1 million euros ($1.2 million) to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for its preservation and education initiatives.
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Mrs. Safra and the Foundation have joined governments and a small group of private donors in creating a perpetual endowment for the preservation of all authentic remains, buildings, ruins, artefacts, documents and artworks at the Auschwitz Memorial.
Mrs. Lily Safra, Chairwoman of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, said, “I know from personal experience that a visit to Auschwitz can be a powerful tool for preserving the memory of the Holocaust and educating future generations. It is essential, therefore, that the physical site be conserved, and it is our privilege to support this effort as part of our wide range of Holocaust education programs around the world.”
Edmond and Lily Safra were among the first benefactors of the “March of the Living” program that has allowed more than 200, 000 students to visit Auschwitz since 1988, and they personally participated in one of the first marches. The site stands as a permanent memorial and reminder to future generations that such tragedies should never again take place.
Deeply committed to commemorating the Holocaust and teaching its lessons to future generations, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation is a major supporter of a number of museums and educational institutions around the world, including Yad Vashem, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris (home of the Edmond J. Safra Educational Institute), the Memoriale della Shoah in Milan, Yahad-In Unum, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Aladdin Project. The Foundation is also a leader in the support of medical research and health care, education, and social welfare.