Romania

Mihnea Constantinescu

Head of the Romanian Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 2004

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) 9 October (National Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Victor Micula ad interim Head of Delegation

Felicia Waldman (Goldstein Goren Center for Hebrew Studies, University of Bucharest) – Deputy Head and Education Working Group

Irina Cajal Marin (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Mihai Chioveanu (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science) – Education Working Group

Adrian Cioflanca (Al. I. Cuza University of Iassy) – Academic Working Group

Ioana Dumitriu (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Communication Working Group

Alexandru Florian (Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania) – Academic Working Group

Petre Florin Manole (Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination)- Education Working Group

Elisabeth Ungureanu (Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania) - Museums and Memorials Working Group


Several developments have taken place in Romania since joining the IHRA, including the inauguration of the ‘Romanian National Holocaust Memorial’ in 2009, the updating of primary and secondary school curricula, the publication of new academic and non-academic works on the Holocaust and the development of a national program for teachers, magistrates, police officers and public servants training in Holocaust education and combating antisemitism. In all these efforts we benefited from the expertise of the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania - "Elie Wiesel" and more than 20 other academic and civic organizations in the country.

In 2010, the discovery of a mass grave in Popricani (Iasi), followed by a verdict that established the responsibility of the Romanian Army for the  genocide committed in 1941, placed Romania among countries committed to the preservation of historic killing sites. Building on remembrance efforts, Romania held the IHRA Chairmanship in 2016-2017. An important achievement was the adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism in May 2016, followed by Romania's national adoption of the working definition on 25 May 2017. 

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