“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
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On 27 Janaury Belle Jamiewski, the Chair of the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, will read the reaffirmation of the Stockholm Declaration aloud at the official opening of the Face of the Ghetto exhibit. A political presence will attend the opening and television coverage of the exhibit took place on 26 January as reporters interviewed several people onsite for the evening news. The reaffirmation statement was also posted on their website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs have issued a press release highlighting the reaffirmation of the Stockholm Declaration.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release: "As part of commemorating the Day of Remembrance, Finland affirms its commitment to IHRA’s so-called Stockholm Declaration, the aim of which is to promote the joint efforts of Governments to combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia and genocide. IHRA’s 31 member countries and eight observer countries commit themselves to the development of education, research, museum activities and other ways in order to keep the memory of the holocaust alive. In addition, Finland has kept the past and present persecution experienced by the Roma in the fore internationally."
Human Rights Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Sweden tweeted about the reaffirmation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel published the reaffirmation on their Ministry webpage as well as sharing it on Twitter. Their tweet has already been retweeted 25 times and has reached as far afield as the Israeli Embassy in India. It is hoped that Israeli Embassies around the world will incorporate the statement in to their 27 January commemorations.
The National Institute of War Documentation tweeted our press release.
The reaffirmation was published on the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw on the evening of Monday 26 January.
1. Press Release:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also held its own commemorative event on 27 Janaury at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the participation of the future Romanian IHRA Chair, Ambasssador Constantinescu, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, and the Romanian Head of Delegation. The Ministry released the following press release.
3. Particpation in International Events
Photo above: Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, on 22 January 2015.
Photo below: Participation of the Romanian President of the Chamber of Deputies in the International Forum Let My People Live in Prague and Terezin, 26-27 January 2015.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted the press release.
The Association of Jewish Refugees posted the press release on their homepage.
IHRA Chair, Sir Andrew Burns, incoporated the statement into his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on 22 January.
OSCE/ODIHR posted an article mentioning the reaffirmation: "ODIHR co-operates with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to raise awareness about the Holocaust and facilitate the exchange of good practices between experts from different countries. This co-operation is inspired by OSCE commitments and the Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust, reaffirmed by IHRA on 27 January 2015."