IHRA Chair's Statement on Holocaust distortion at "Querdenker" demonstrations

IHRA Chair Ambassador Küchler states, "It is simply unacceptable to compare the inconveniences brought about by coronavirus measures with any part of the persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews. Doing so scorns the memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. I strongly condemn the Holocaust distortion and antisemitic conspiracy myths gaining traction at so-called 'Querdenker' demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions around Germany. Comparisons between coronavirus measures and the 1933 Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz), or social distancing guidelines and the horrors experienced...

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IHRA Chair's Statement on the attack at Hohe Weide Synagogue in Hamburg

IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler states, "The news of yesterday's attack on a Hamburg synagogue left me with a deep feeling of unease. The IHRA stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in Hamburg and wishes the victim a speedy recovery. 
 
 "This is, as German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rightly pointed out, unfortunately not a one-off case. One year after the attack in Halle, we see that the threat to Germany's Jewish community remains. Beyond this recent attack in Hamburg, the rise in antisemitic incidents, both in Germany and beyond, reveal a worrying trend where people...

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IHRA Chair's Statement on the antisemitic campaign by the Nordic Resistance Movement

IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler says, “The recent antisemitic actions coordinated by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement in the days leading up to Yom Kippur are deeply troubling. Some of the incidents are now under police investigation. This dangerous campaign is antisemitic and poses a threat to our Jewish citizens.
 
 "When antisemitism and incitement to hatred or violence occur, all of society is affected. More and more, we see how extremist groups feel emboldened to spread their hate-filled messages. This is unacceptable.
 
 “With international cooperation, we can address the...

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IHRA Statement on Rehabilitation

Adopted at the 2020 IHRA Berlin Plenary during the German Presidency
 
 The IHRA condemns all attempts to rehabilitate the reputations of persons who were complicit in the crimes of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma.
 
 Therefore, in light of rising antisemitism and Holocaust distortion, the IHRA is resolved to address the phenomenon of rehabilitation in member countries and across the organization. In the spirit of its 2020 Ministerial Declaration, the IHRA encourages “all countries and societies to address their respective pasts by dealing openly and accurately with the historical...

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IHRA President's Statement on the Working Definition of Anti-Roma Racism

The 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration emphasized the importance of remembering the genocide of the Roma and acknowledging the impact that the neglect of this genocide has had on the continued marginalization and widespread discrimination of Roma communities.
 
 Three years ago, the need for a working definition of anti-Roma racism as a useful tool to help guide the IHRA in its work became overwhelmingly clear. Today’s coronavirus pandemic, which has fanned the flames of anti-Roma racism, has made the adoption of such a definition all the more urgent.  
 
 Over the last three years the experts...

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IHRA Chair on Freiburg "Hygiene Demonstrations"

IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler says, "The use of National Socialist icons at the Freiburg 'Hygiene Demonstrations' is only the most recent manifestation of a sickening phenomenon where Nazi Germany's efforts to exterminate Europe’s Jews are compared to today's measures to contain the coronavirus. From Freiburg to Vienna to the United States, the measures taken by democratic governments to protect their populations and save lives are being equated with the murderous policies of the National Socialist regime, thereby diminishing the latter. This obscene trend reflects a grave lack of...

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IHRA Chair on government responses to COVID-19

IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler says, "As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the globe, and governments rush to respond to the growing pandemic, the challenges facing our societies are becoming more and more apparent. The new coronavirus, which poses an unprecedented threat to public health, has shown that it will test the resilience of our democratic institutions as well.
 
 Especially during times of crisis, it is important that the necessary actions taken by governments do not fan the flames of xenophobia, antisemitism, antigypsyism, and other forms of discrimination, but that...

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IHRA Chair Statement on Holocaust remembrance during pandemic

IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler says, "We know that the current COVID- 19 situation is posing a great challenge for people and institutions across the globe, including museums, educational institutions and civil society organizations focusing on the topic of the Holocaust. It is difficult to keep the focus on the importance of remembrance, education and research about the Holocaust at a time when so many fear for their health and financial existence. The IHRA community, too, is still adjusting to this new reality.
 
 In these difficult times, we are deeply grateful to all those...

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IHRA Chair commends Holy See on opening of Pope Pius XII Archives

The IHRA Chair, Ambassador Georges Santer, said: "We commend the Holy See’s official opening of the Pope Pius XII Archives today. Archival access is a key aspect of Holocaust remembrance, and contributes directly to safeguarding the historical record. We all share a responsibility to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust and the Second World War, and we very much appreciate the constructive talks we had in the past with Cardinal State Secretary, Pietro Parolin, and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.
 
 For decades a significant amount...

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IHRA Chair commends passing of law to protect Staro Sajmište

Ambassador Georges Santer, Chair of IHRA, commented: “The IHRA commends the Serbian government and the Parliament – which supported the relevant law without any votes against – for their efforts to preserve the memory of the Serbian, Jewish and Roma communities murdered at Staro Sajmište. Memorial sites play a crucial role in educating current and future generations about the historical facts and causes of the Holocaust, while honouring the memory of the victims and survivors. The Serbian people deserve an authentic site of remembrance for the crimes of the Holocaust and so safeguarding...

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