The IHRA's Guidelines for Identifying Relevant Documentation for Holocaust Research, Education and Remembrance are now available.

Following up on the groundwork laid out by the Archival Access Project, the Monitoring Access to Holocaust Collections Project is helping the IHRA map the legal and practical status of access to Holocaust collections, monitor access difficulties, bring to the attention of decision-makers in various countries the possibilities for enabling access to Holocaust documentation, and stimulate media and educational awareness of the need for open access. 

The project will share guidelines addressing challenges and recommendations for archival access for use by archivists and policymakers. Ensuring access to and the legal status of Holocaust archival collections requires increased exchange and cooperation among archivists and relevant networks. The project therefore also aims to create a forum bringing together Holocaust collections leaders for annual meetings. 

The project’s team includes Veerle Vanden Daelen (AWG/Belgium), Micaela Procaccia (MMWG/Italy), David Matas (Canada), Wesley Fisher (Claims Conference), Margarida Lages (Portugal), Nevena Bajalica (MMWG/Serbia), Rebecca Boehling (USHMM/USA), Anat Bratman-Elhalel (MMWG/Israel), Masha Pollak Rozenberg (AWG/Israel), Naida-Michal Brandl (AWG/Croatia), Haim Gertner (Yad Vashem/Israel), and Michael Hollmann (EBNA/Germany).

The ITS Bad Arolsen Central Name Index contains 50 millions items relating to the fates of 17.5 million victims of Nazi persecution. Credit: Andreas Greiner-Napp.

Why is it important to have open access to Holocaust archives?

Dr. Haim Gertner explains why access to Holocaust-related archives is key for Holocaust education, remembrance and research and what stands in the way.

How do networks help facilitate archival research?

Project Chair Dr. Veerle Vanden Daelen discusses the critical role that networks of archival institutions play in advancing open access to Holocaust-related materials.

Recent Activities

EAG/EBNA Conference attendees

The IHRA's Guidelines were presented to heads of archives at the European Board of National Archivists/European Archives Group (EBNA/EAG) conference on Archives and the Culture of Remembrance.


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Gold Dolphin Trophies at the Cannes Corporate Film Festival

The IHRA's Find Your Answers film, which promotes access to archival material on the Holocaust was nominated for an award at the Cannes Corporate Film Festival.


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