“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
With great concern, the ITF Chair has become aware of recent statements made by members of Hamas regarding efforts of the United Nations to introduce education about the Holocaust into the Gaza school system.
The following statement is issued by the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF), Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, in conjunction with the resolution passed by the European Parliament on 2 April 2009, determining 23 August, the date on which in 1939 the infamous Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement was signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, as a date of remembrance to victims of both regimes.
The Forward's July 29, 2009 editorial about the ITF.
Norway is honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of novelist and poet Knut Hamsun, who won the Noble Prize in literature in 1920. So acclaimed was Hamsun’s work that Isaac Bashevis Singer declared that “the whole modern school of fiction in the 20th century stems from Hamsun.”
Photos from the last ITF Plenary which took place in Oslo, Norway on June 24-25, 2009.
After extensive consultations, the ITF Chair has authorized the ITF's Permanent Office to transmit the following statement:
In recent weeks, certain individuals and institutions have publically questioned Norway's suitability to chair the "Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF)". The reason for this is Norway's commemoration this year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun.
At the 2009 G8 Summit in Aquila, Italy, the G8 Leaders issued the following Declaration:
"We condemn the declarations of President Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust."
Professor Yehuda Bauer, Israel, was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by His Majesty King Harald the Fifth of Norway during the meetings of the Holocaust Task Force (ITF) in Oslo 22 - 25 June 2009.
Statement of the Chair of the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, Holocaust Era Assets Conference, Prague, 28 June 2009.