Death camps may charge entrance fee

Officials: Cash would improve Shoah education; Jewish community angered.

May 31, 2007 09:50
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dachau 298.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Nazi concentration camps may begin to charge entrance fees from visitors in an attempt to help finance the camps' educational services, The Times reported on Thursday. Pieter Dietz de Loos, president of the International Dachau Committee, told the British newspaper that he believes there was no escaping the need to charge entrance fees. He said that the museum could not meet its obligation to educate the young about the horrors of the Holocaust. Funds to support Dachau survivors are also running low. "In five years we will be completely broke," de Loos warned. According to the report, museums at Buchenwald and Ravens-bruck are also faced with cash shortages. The Central Board of Jews in Germany was outraged by the possibility. "These are graveyards," the Times quoted a spokesman as saying. "You do not pay to mourn the dead."

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