Pillars of Remembrace
• Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Goldrich Cayton and the Goldrich Family Foundation, founded by their father, Jona Goldrich, Holocaust survivor, and real estate developer
• Elly Kleinman, a healthcare industry executive and founder of the Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center, committed to retelling the Orthodox Jewish experience during the Holocaust
• Ronald S. Lauder, former US Ambassador to Austria; President of the World Jewish Congress
• Frank Lowy, Founder of the Westfield Group, an Australian-based, world leader in shopping mall ownership and management and a Holocaust survivor who lost his father and many members of his family at Auschwitz
• Mrs. Lily Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. Safra chairs the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, founded by her late husband. It is a leader in the support of medical research and health care, education, religion, humanitarianism, and culture
• Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, which supports efforts that help new generations engage with Jewish life in ways that are relevant, meaningful, and inspire people to help build a more just world
• Toronto Jewish Community
• Joseph Burnett Family Foundation
• Judy and George Frankfort
• Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski
• Marya and Herman Grad
• The Greenberg and York Families
• Barbara and Jay Hennick
• The Koschitzky Family
• The Latner Family Foundation
• Miles Nadal and Family
• Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz
• Fran and Ed Sonshine
• Judy and Larry Tanenbaum
• Second Generation in Honor of the victims and survivors of the Shoah, Pillar led by Ulrika and Joel Citron
• In Honor of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated by friends of the Museum
20 years ago the International Auschwitz Council confronted this harsh reality: the ravages of time were devouring every barracks and building, every shoe and suitcase, every vestige of the twisted world that flourished within what is now the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. At that time limited efforts were made to forestall a collapse that seemed otherwise inevitable.
Several years ago, the voices of survivors rose in unison, calling for aggressive action employing state-of-the‐art preservation technologies. Only an independent endowment would ensure the resources necessary to protect Auschwitz-Birkenau for generations to come. Since 2009, Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation has been raising US $165 million, to make it possible. Fiduciary oversight of the endowment rests with the international Auschwitz Council, a prestigious international body of Holocaust scholars, museum leaders, business leaders, activists and survivors.
Over the last years, the Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation worked with 36 countries to secure US $136 million. But preserving Auschwitz-Birkenau cannot be left exclusively to governments. individuals need to step forward as citizens of the world, generous upstanders committed to reversing the history of those who stood idly by individuals wanting their voices to be heard for this and future generations.
18 Pillars of Remembrance
Before the 70th anniversary of liberation, we invited people to help us complete our mission and to become Pillars of Remembrance by donating 1 million EUR each to secure the preservation of Auschwitz.
Through their commitments, and their presence, the 18 Pillars – “18” in Hebrew stands as a symbol of life – join the survivors and government leaders in representing the essence of life after Auschwitz: good does triumph over evil, and the peoples of the world can unite in building a future far better than the past.
Through the efforts of the Pillars of Remembrance we will be able to announce that the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial will itself survive as a perpetual beacon guiding humanity towards a brighter future.
Preserving authenticity of Auschwitz for future generation
1.7 million people visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2015. 70% of them were teenagers. The young visitors are our deepest hope. Soon the world will belong to them and their children. It is our obligation to guarantee future generations the opportunity to return to Auschwitz-Birkenau and to carry forth what they learn here.
When the endowment is complete we will safely implement a comprehensive and perpetual plan of conservation for the Auschwitz- Birkenau memorial. We must preserve: 45 brick barracks, 22 wooden barracks, 21 small towers, 6 large towers, 300 yards of archive materials, 39 000 negatives and thousands of photographs, 3800 suitcases, 4600 Prostheses, 260 prayer garments , 90 pounds of eyeglasses 12 pots and pans 6 000 works of art, bunks, cabinets, stools, tables and other objects.