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Facebook donates $1.3 million to boost WWII code-breaking site Bletchley Park

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Facebook has made a £1 million ($1.3 million) donation to the museum at Bletchley Park, where British code-breakers decrypted messages sent using Nazi Germany's Enigma cipher and contributed to an Allied victory in World War II, after the site was forced to cut dozens of jobs as a result of the pandemic.

London (CNN Business)Facebook has made a £1 million ($1. 3 million) donation to the museum at Bletchley Park, where British code-breakers decrypted messages sent using Nazi Germany's Enigma cipher and contributed to an Allied victory in World War II, after the site was forced to cut dozens of jobs as a result of the pandemic.

Facebook said Monday that "the era of the computer was born" at the venue, as it announced its $1. 3 million contribution.

"Facebook is honored to be able to provide £1 million of support to help keep Bletchley Park open to the world. "

The museum that now operates on the site said in August it expected to lose £2 million ($2. 6 million) in 2020 as revenues fell, and was planning to dismiss 35 workers — a third of its staff.

"Facebook simply would not exist today if not for Bletchley Park," Schroepfer wrote.

The museum said on Twitter that "this vital support will contribute to our ongoing work and help mitigate the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Trust. "

The activities at Bletchley Park remained a secret for several years after the war.

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