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Foundation maintaining the Auschwitz memorial site to start its repair work next year

An international foundation established to preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Poland has fallen short of its fundraising goal, but still plans to begin repair work there.

The site includes the barracks, gas chambers and other structures of the former death camp, where Germany's Nazis killed some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, during World War II.

Bartosz Bartyzel, a spokesman for the memorial, said Thursday that donations from countries such as Poland, Germany and the United States have allowed it to raise $100 million of the $120 million it would like so that it can use annual interest to fund the repairs.

But he said that's enough to started on the crumbling brick barracks at the site in 2014.

On Wednesday