United States of America

Thomas Yazdgerdi

Head of the United States Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 1998

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), April 11 (Yom HaShoah)


Susan Sandler (U.S. Department of State) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Ethel Brooks (Rutgers University) - Committee on the Genocide of the Roma

Jennifer Ciardelli (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) - Education Working Group

Deborah Dwork (Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University) – Academic Working Group

Steven Katz (Elie Wiesel Centre for Judaic Studies, Boston University) - Academic Working Group

David Marwell (Museum of Jewish Heritage) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Klaus Mueller (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) – Communication Working Group

William Shulman (Association of Holocaust Organizations) – Education Working Group

Kim Simon (USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education) – Communication Working Group

Stephen Smith (USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education) – Academic Working Group

Lesley Weiss (U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad)

Mark Weitzman (Simon Wiesenthal Center) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Robert Williams (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) – Museums and Memorials Working Group


The IHRA gives Holocaust-related institutions in the United States an unprecedented forum for dialogue with communities and experts across the country and throughout the world. From the first IHRA Holocaust educational book, published under the direction of the Swedish government in 1998, to the expertise offered today by the Working Groups, the IHRA enables organizations worldwide to develop meaningful opportunities in key areas of education, research, and memorialization in schools, universities and communities.

The IHRA helps build the political will necessary for the institutionalization of these key
areas, and advances the need for open and transparent access to Holocaust-era archives. 

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