We must strengthen the moral commitment of our peoples, and the political commitment of our governments, to ensure that future generations can understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.
- Article 3 of the Stockholm Declaration
Delegates to the IHRA include many of the world’s leading scholars in the history of the Holocaust, the events that led to it and its legacy. Heading each of IHRA's national delegations is a senior governmental representative, often from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Culture. Twice a year, more than 300 experts and policymakers from over 40 countries come together to discuss and advance Holocaust-related issues of contemporary political importance. This unique format creates the opportunity for multiple types of valuable exchange: experts and governmental representatives have the opportunity to develop working relationships with their counterparts from their own country, and the opportunity to network with colleagues who hold similar roles around the world.
This interface between the expert and political levels means that IHRA is uniquely positioned to take the lead of issues related to the Holocaust in the political arena. We aim to make knowledge from the past visible and accessible to governments today through our working definitions and charters.