The Auschwitz Museum is preparing to carry out conservation works in 35 post-camp barracks on the premises of the former KL Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The institution has announced a tender to choose a contractor. It will have time to complete the task by autumn this year.
"The subject of the contract is the performance of conservation works consisting in the protection of finishing layers, such as lime plaster, whitewash, paint layers on mineral substrates in selected places and local disinfection, as well as cleaning the interior of 35 brick barracks" - indicated in the tender documentation.
The deadline for submitting offers is January 22nd. The company with which the contract will be signed will have until October 31 this year to fulfill it.
The post-camp barracks to be restored are located in the oldest part of the former camp, the so-called episode BI. It was established in the winter of 1941 and during 1942. It was the first of the four planned parts of the Birkenau camp. It covered about 25 ha. In total, 62 residential barracks were built there, ten with washrooms and toilets, as well as two kitchens, two bathhouses and the same number of warehouses.
The Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940 to imprison Poles there. Auschwitz II-Birkenau was established two years later. It became the site of the extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps in the camp complex. In Auschwitz, the Germans killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, as well as Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities.
In 1947, a museum was established on the premises of the former Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps. In 1979, the former camp was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the only facility of this type. (PAP)