Saturday, July 03, 2010
Despite A $13 Trillion National Debt, United States To Contribute $15 Million In Taxpayer Funds To The Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
During an appearance at the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland on July 3rd, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States will donate $15 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, pending Congressional authorization and appropriations. The contribution will go to preserve the site of the concentration camp and, according to Clinton, "demonstrates America's commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance and research." If approved, the funding would be provided over five years starting in 2012. Approval is possible despite the fact that the 2010 deficit alone is projected to be $1.171 trillion and our national debt now exceeds $13 trillion.
Read the full U.S. Department of State announcement HERE.
The official rationale is that because Auschwitz was initially constructed as a temporary place, the buildings and other artifacts at Auschwitz-Birkenau are deteriorating. Reportedly some 1.1 million people perished at the camp, including 960,000 Jews, between 70,000 and 75,000 Poles, nearly all of the 23,000 Gypsies sent to the camp and 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war. Revised downward from 4 million in 1989, the current memorial posted at Auschwitz claims 1.5 million victims; the total has been a source of considerable contention.
Because Congressional authorization is required, interaction with members of Congress is the best way to stop the money from being spent for this purpose. You can find out how to contact your state's Congressional delegation HERE; suggested talking points are provided below:
-- Is it appropriate to spend $15 million of taxpayers funds on a European concentration camp/cemetery when we have a $13 trillion national debt?
-- Is it appropriate to spend $15 million on a European cemetery when we cannot even maintain Arlington Cemetery properly? Since when do dead Europeans take precedence over the resting place of Americans who gave their lives in military service to our country?
Above all, avoid any type of rhetoric which could be interpreted as Holocaust denial. The purpose of your communication is not to debate the Holocaust or to expose the truth of it; instead, it's to convince your member of Congress to reject this expenditure and re-direct those funds towards Americans. Cite examples of projects in your state that could be funded with that $15 million.
Auschwitz is worth preserving; in an era where the European Union is slowly evolving into a more totalitarian entity, Europeans need a visible historical reminder of where tyranny can lead. But it is a European problem requiring European funding, NOT American funding. The Holocaust occurred on European soil, NOT on American soil. As Ross Perot once said, fix America first.