Auschwitz Decays Due to Age and Mass Tourism, Prompting Preservation Effort

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OSWIECIM (AP).- The red brick barracks that housed starving inmates are sinking into ruin. Time has warped victims’ leather shoes into strange shapes. Hair sheared to make cloth is slowly turning to dust. Auschwitz is crumbling — the world’s most powerful and important testament to Nazi Germany’s crimes falling victim to age and mass tourism. Now guardians of the memorial site are waging an urgent effort to save what they can before it is too late. Officials last week launched a global campaign to raise ?120 ($165 million) to create a “perpetual fund” whose interest can be drawn on indefinitely to repair barracks, watchtowers, crematoria and other structures at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum and memorial in southern Poland. The Nazis opened Auschwitz soon after