“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Holocaust Memorial Days project of the Multi-Year Work Plan seeks to coordinate a visit of IHRA representatives to participate in programs related to Holocaust Memorial Day with a view to foster Holocaust education, remembrance and research, promote the goals of the Stockholm Declaration, and raise awareness about the work of the IHRA.
The project aims to:
The Steering Committee on Holocaust Memorial Days holds roundtables on Holocaust Memorial Day programming for IHRA Observer Countries.
The first roundtable was held on 2-3 December 2015 in Budapest, with representatives from Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as well as the OSCE. The program fostered open discussion about challenges and successes in organizing Holocaust Memorial Days and related educational processes, and resulted in strong networking and the exchange of ideas between the countries.
Aiming to share knowledge and best practices, the MYWP on Holocaust Memorial projects organizes senior-level meetings with government representatives, policy-makers, scholars, and representatives of civil society organizations. IHRA delegations, including the IHRA Chair, the Advisor to IHRA, IHRA’s Executive Secretary and affiliated experts have visited Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Spain under the auspices of the MYWP.
Further information: Reports
In 2013 the Advisor to the IHRA and the Chair of the Communication Working Group visited Spain, where they attended the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Senate and met with government representatives, scholars, and representatives of civil society organizations. The Advisor to the IHRA and the Communication and Program Officer also attended the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Dublin, Ireland on 27 January and held a series of meetings with government officials and civil society leaders to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research.
In January 2014, the Holocaust Memorial Days project organized an IHRA visit to Moldova in cooperation with OSCE/ODIHR. The Steering Committee on Holocaust Memorial Days presented the outcomes of this visit to the IHRA Plenary in May 2014. This year an IHRA delegation participated in a programme on Holocaust education and remembrance organized by the Finnish National Board of Education in Helsinki, Finland.
The Steering Committee on Holocaust Memorial Days completed a comprehensive overview of Holocaust Remembrance Days in IHRA's 31 member countries.
IHRA also compiles an annual overview of the events commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January). To view the lists, please select a year below.
Annual overview of commemoration events:
The Steering Committee on Holocaust Memorial Days completed a comprehensive overview of Holocaust Remembrance Days in IHRA's 31 member countries and 11 observer countries.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Days focus of IHRA's Multi-Year Work Plan, please click here.
Members of the Museums and Memorials Working Group (MMWG) gave presentations on Holocaust Memorial Days during the MMWG's May 2014 meeting in London. The presentations focused on the development, commemoration and education aspects of Holocaust Memorial Days as well as the equalities, differences, and challenges of Holocaust Memorial Days in different countries.
"Holocaust Memorials Days in the OSCE Region – an International Overview" - Anne Giebel, OSCE/ODIHR
"Civil Society Initiatives and the Educational Aspect of Holocaust Memorial Day" - Solvej Berlau, Delegation of Denmark
"Holocaust Memorial Day in Switzerland" - Francois Wisard, Delegation of Switzerland
Steering Committee on Holocaust Memorial Days: