Thursday, March 31, 2011

Holocaust Memorial in Austria to Be Renovated; Work Will Include Construction of New Museum

The Interior Minister of Austria, Maria Fekter, announced today (March 31, 2011) that Austria's Holocaust memorial will be renovated for 1.7 million Euros, and that the refurbishment process should be finished in early 2013.

According to the Austrian Times website, vast parts of the memorial -- located in Mauthausen in Upper Austria -- will be renovated, but the work will also include the construction of a new museum.

Fekter vowed to ensure that the "pedagogical aspect" of the site will not be neglected, since the majority of visitors are groups of schoolchildren.

Managers of the memorial site -- located on the grounds of a death camp in which hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed by the Nazis between 1938 and 1945 -- revealed that visitors will soon be banned from entering its gas chambers, since a minority "have felt lustful" doing so.

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