|02 January 1996. WARSAW, Poland.
A center to document and study the extermination of 22,000 European
Gypsies is planned for Auschwitz, the notorious World War II Nazi death
Construction of the center will begin this year in Brzezinka, a part
of the Auschwitz prison camp network, Roman Kwiatkowski, deputy chairman
of Poland's Romanies' Association, told the Polish news agency PAP Tuesday.
About 1.5 million Jews from across Europe died at Auschwitz between
1940 and 1945. Poles and Gypsies were the next largest groups murdered
The studies center will house an archive of World War II documents on
the extermination of Gypsies. Construction is to be financed by funds from
the United States, Germany, the Polish culture ministry and private donations.
The center wants to establish contacts with the Holocaust Museum in
Washington, D.C., the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and with Simon Wiesenthal's
center in Vienna.
There are about 21,000 Gypsies living in Poland now. Kwiatkowski estimated
the cost of the center at about $3.5 million.
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