Mauthausen Concentration Camp to Be Restored for $2.4 Million

Austria plans to spend 1.7 million euros ($2.4 million) to restore and redesign the Mauthausen concentration camp, where 200,000 people were imprisoned by the Nazis between 1938 and 1945.

The project, to run through 2013, includes renovating the station building, revamping the main exhibition, adding a new display on the Holocaust and creating a “room of names” to commemorate the camp’s victims, the Austrian Interior Ministry said in a statement on its website today.

“We are demonstrating that the Republic of Austria is aware of its national and international responsibility to remember the victims of the Nazi regime,” Interior Minister Maria Fekter said in the statement. “We are also taking a stance against racism and anti-Semitism.”

Mauthausen is Austria’s biggest memorial against the crimes of the Nazis and is visited by about 200,000 people a year. Between 1938 and 1945, about half of the 200,000 Mauthausen prisoners died there, the memorial’s website says.

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