Austria to renovate Mauthausen


(JTA) — Austria will renovate the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp in a $2.4 million restoration project.

The two-year project will include creating a hall of names in memory of the camp’s victims, a new display about the Holocaust and upgrading the permanent exhibition, according to reports.

The project was announced Wednesday in a statement on the website of the Austrian Interior Ministry.

"We are sending a signal that the republic is assuming its national and international responsibility to commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime," Interior Minister Maria Fekter said in a statement. "We are also standing against intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism."

About 200,000 people visit Mauthausen each year. At least 95,000 prisoners died in Mauthausen; more than 14,000 were Jewish, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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