In March, 2019, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) began its project on the topic of Memory laws’ under its five-year priority theme ‘Countering Holocaust Distortion and Safeguarding the Record’.
The project aims to enhance the capacity for the IHRA to understand, respond to, and advise on regulations, laws, and standards of practice that seek to preserve the historical record of the Holocaust from distortion and misuse.
“It is essential that democracies committed to ensuring relevance of the Holocaust maintain a historically accurate view of the past, particularly when that past is at risk of being misused by political leaders and influencers to justify policies and ideologies of the present,” said Dr Robert Williams, chair of the project.
In July 2019 the project will hold a workshop bringing together renowned experts to discuss the status, efficacy, and impact of memory laws, as well as research on them to date. The workshop will result in a set of recommendations for consideration by the IHRA and its member countries on how to protect against the misuse of history.
The IHRA unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, remembrance and research worldwide, and to uphold the commitments of the 2000 Stockholm Declaration.