“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The official program guide for the Neuberger Holocaust Education Week 2017 is now available online and in print version. Now in its 37th year, the program is organized by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada and runs from November 2-9.
The educational project, "Young Muslims in Auschwitz", run by "Offene Jugendarbeit" in Duisburg, Germany, seeks to engage German Muslim teens in dialogue about history, antisemitism, and stereotypes through a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum.
On 9 October 2017, Romania commemorates the victims of the Holocaust in Romania. The day signifies the beginning of the deportation of Jews to Transnistria in 1941 and each year Romanian institutions organize events dedicated to honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust on this day.
On 25 September the first Stolperstein - a stone to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust - will be laid in the Slovak town of Nitra. This event is organized by the European Forum of Wine Culture, the Slovak Holocaust Museum in Sered, and the NGO Antikomplex under the auspices of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.
On 19 September, 2017, the Portuguese Ministry of Education, through the Directorate General of Education, and the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim of the MoU is to promote the exchange of information and best practices on the topics of remembrance, education, and research on the Holocaust, between the two institutions and the two countries with the conviction that this cooperation will positively contribute to the education of future generations.
On 14 September 2017, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized a side-event entitled Combatting Antisemitism through education, in Vienna in cooperation with the Permanent Representations of Romania, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States. The event was held in the margins of the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, the largest annual human rights meeting traditionally hosted by the OSCE in Warsaw.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to congratulate delegate Marc van Berkel, a member of the Delegation of the Netherlands, on successfully defending his Phd. entitled ‘Plotlines of Victimhood. The Holocaust in German and Dutch History Textbooks, 1960-2010’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
On 5 September 2017, a memorial event took place at Kalevi-Liiva killing site in Estonia where in 1942 the first transports with Jews from Theresienstad/Terezin arrived at the nearby Raasiku railway station. Nazis and their local collaborators shot the majority of these people on the same day in the forest of Kalevi-Liiva. Later, throughout 1942 and 1943, Jews from Germany, Poland and other Central European countries as well as local Roma and Sinti were murdered at the site.
On 19 September, 2017, a commemoration event will take place at Klooga former concentration camp site at the initiative of the Estonian delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Estonian Jewish Community. Mr. Eiki Nestor, President of Riigikogu (the Estonian Parliament) will deliver the keynote speech and students from the Keila School as well as from the Tallinn Jewish School will participate and will have an opportunity to tour the permanent open-air exhibition erected at the site by the Estonian History Museum.
On 27 August, Frank Harding, Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees, unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour Sir Rudolf Bing, the founding Edinburgh International Festival Director. The plaque honouring Bing’s contribution to Edinburgh and UK’s cultural landscape was unveiled at The Hub, home of the International Festival, with Lord Provost Frank Ross and the Austrian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Martin Eichtinger, in attendance.