“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 9 September, 2017, Slovakia commemorates the "Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and of Racial Violence". Established in 2000, the day marks the date in 1941 when the Slovak government issued a decree on the legal status of Jews, the so-called the Jewish Codex. The Codex led to deportations which resulted in the murder of over 70,000 Slovak Jews.
Today traces of the former Litzmannstadt Ghetto are still present in the city of Łódź, but not all inhabitants are aware of the history of the ghetto. In 2015, the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź undertook a project called "Litzmannstadt-Getto Model" to create a 3D representation of the area where the ghetto stood. The project is co-funded by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as part of its grant programme.
On 13 September, 2017, delegate Jennifer Ciardelli introduced the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to the members of the UNESCO Latin American Network on Education about the Holocaust at a focal point meeting held in Buenos Aires via video link. UNESCO is one of the IHRA’s seven permanent international partner organizations.
A special exhibition in honour of Scottish missionary Jane Haining will open this autumn in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. Miss Haining, who grew up near Dumfries, served as Matron at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest during the 1930s and 1940s. Against advice from Church of Scotland officials, Miss Haining remained in Budapest during the Holocaust. Arrested in 1944 and charged with working with Jews, Miss Haining was taken to the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland where she died aged 47.
From 14 - 18 October a conference entitled "Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums' will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference is a joint endeavour between the International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques and the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes.
Bad Arolsen, 7 August 2017. The 2017 Yearbook of the International Tracing Service (ITS) has been published, focusing on the fates of children and adolescent survivors of Nazi persecution. “They were the most vulnerable, and had lost every sense of what it means to have a home,” says Henning Borggräfe, head of the ITS department of research and education. “By featuring the situation of child survivors in the ITS Yearbook we would like to call the attention of scholars and educators to this subject.”
The Holocaust Educational Trust invites applications for its annual Teacher Study Visit to Berlin, an advanced level site-based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course.
26-29 October 2017
Application deadline: Friday 8 September 2017
From 12-15 April 2018 the Strassler Center will host the Fourth International Graduate Student Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The conference will provide a forum for advanced doctoral students and early post-docs to present their research projects to peers and established scholars.
Yad Vashem is currently running a professional development seminar for 30 educators from Serbia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of the seminar, Ms. Biljana Stojanovic of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development delivered a presentation about the ministry's work in the field of Holocaust education.
On 13 July, 2017, some 50 experts, including representatives of governments, international organizations and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), met to discuss effective practices and educational approaches to addressing antisemitism at an event at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The main focus of the event, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and UNESCO, was the joint development of a guide for educational policy-makers.