“We accept our responsibility as governments to continue working together to counter Holocaust denial and distortion, antisemitism, and all forms of racism and discrimination that undermine fundamental democratic principles. We will work closely with experts, civil society and our international partners to further these goals.” 

– Article 7 of the 2020 Ministerial Declaration 

Leading global efforts to counter Holocaust denial and distortion 

Over the last few years there has been a shocking increase in efforts to minimize the impact of the Holocaust and downplay the crimes of the Nazi regime and its collaborators in both public and political discourse. This trend, in which Holocaust distortion is becoming more prominent, erodes our understanding of the historical truth of the Holocaust and allows for antisemitism to inch towards the mainstream. All this poses a grave threat to our democracies and open societies. 

In 2020, building on the IHRA’s leadership in the field and honoring the commitments outlined in the 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration, the German Presidency of the IHRA launched the Global Task Force Against Holocaust Distortion with an extra-budgetary contribution. This network has brought together like-minded governmental and non-governmental bodies and international experts to develop practical tools and identify, share, and promote good practices on countering Holocaust distortion.

Read the report about the activities of the Global Task Force Against Holocaust Distortion.

At the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and UNESCO pledged to jointly address rising Holocaust denial and distortion as a virulent form of contemporary antisemitism.