“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
“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it. We will encourage appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance, including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance, in our countries.” – Stockholm Declaration
The Memorials and Museums Working Group brings together experts from across member countries to mobilize support and expertise for Holocaust memorialization.
As stated in the Stockholm Declaration, “We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it. We will encourage appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance, including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance, in our countries.”
Key achievements of the MMWG include:
The International Memorial Museums Charter was adopted in 2012. An Addendum was added to the Charter in 2016. The Charter was produced by IHRA's Working Group on Museums and Memorials as a set of guidelines dealing with ethics and the main concerns of memorial museums for the victims of the Holocaust. The Addendum was developed together with the IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma. The Charter is available in German ;Greek; Italian; Lithuanian; Romanian; Russian; Slovenian; Spanish.
Two websites: “Cultures of Remembrance – a Network” and “Memorial Museums.” These websites are hosted by the Topography of Terror and show the connections between remembrance cultures and the development of memorial sites in the respective countries. Through these websites the different historical contexts and the development and reception of the sites of memory become evident.
The current Chair of the MMWG is Michal Vanek from Slovakia.