Below, Gutierrez release....
Illinois Marks $15 Million U.S. Contribution to
Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in Poland with Event at
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Rep. Gutierrez Spearheaded Congressional Effort that
Resulted in State Department Grant
(Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez will join the Polish Consul General, the President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Illinois leaders, dignitaries, Holocaust survivors, and Members of Congress at an event to mark a $15 million grant to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation to preserve the memory of the atrocities of the Holocaust. The grant, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July, resulted in part from a Congressional effort, led by Rep. Gutierrez, to urge the President and the Secretary to fund the preservation of the museum marking the epicenter of the Holocaust. Chicago area Members of Congress who supported Rep. Gutierrez in this effort include Reps. Daniel Lipinski, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, and Aaron Schock. In total, forty-five Members of Congress joined Rep. Gutierrez' effort to urge the President and Secretary of State to invest in the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site.
Beginning in Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. Department of State will contribute $15 million over five years to a 120 million Euro endowment to safeguard and preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau site. Many are already concerned that the site is the target of vandalism and that the buildings are falling into disrepair.
"The Holocaust was a crucial turning point in world history, but is also deeply connected to the history of the United States and to thousands and thousands of Chicagoland families," Rep. Gutierrez said. "I am pleased that the Obama administration followed through on our request and that the Polish Consul and the Illinois Holocaust Museum are joining us in acknowledging this investment in the world's collective ability to remember what happened and to ensure those atrocities never happen again."
This event is jointly hosted by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
WHAT: Program to Acknowledge $15 Million U.S. State Department Grant to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
WHEN: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. CT
WHERE: Pritzker Hall of Reflection, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
(9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, Il 60077 - 847-967-4800)
SPEAKERS: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Member of Congress
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Member of Congress
Rep. Mike Quigley, Member of Congress
Zygmunt Matynia, Consul General in Chicago, Republic of Poland
Dan Elbaum, Regional Director, American Jewish Communities
Fritzie Fritzshall, Holocaust Survivor and President, Illinois Holocaust Musuem and Education Center
Richard S. Hirschhaut, Executive Director, Illinois Holocaust Musuem and Education Center, Master of Ceremonies
American Jewish Committee
German Consul General in Chicago
Jewish United Fund
Kostiuszko Foundation-Polish Cultural Center
Polish American Association
Polish American Congress