The new director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp claimed recently that the site was in urgent need of conservation.
The camp buildings are under threat from flooding and erosion, and many of the artefacts on the site are being damaged by mould, insect activity or poor environmental conditions. There is also some loss or damage from the camp's 1 million annual visitors.
However, the Auschwitz conservators treated 377 moveable objects last year, including a folder full of sheet music for the camp orchestra, dozens of stools, and a German anti-aircraft map. They also continued the preservation of the ruined gas chambers and crematoria, and even the famous "Arbeit mach frei" inscription above the camp's entrance.
Auschwitz succumbs to the ravages of time -- Cape Times
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