“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
A series of commemorative events have been taking place over the weekend to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps in April 1945.
Marking Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2010, Mr. Dan Tichon this morning laid a wreath on behalf of the ITF's Israeli Chairmanship at an official wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem.
The Council of Europe's Pestalozzi Programme is offering several workshops related to education and remembrance of the Holocaust in member states. The general aim of the training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme is to train education professionals to become multipliers for Council of Europe standards and values in education.
On 29 March 2010, the United Nations launched a Twitter campaign for students in memory of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who died in the Holocaust 65 years ago but whose wartime diary has endured to become one of the world's most widely read books and teaching tools.
Throughout 2010, the Shoah Memorial in Paris, in partnership with the Resource Center for Fnasat-gens du voyage, will be offering a series of cultural events linked to the program "A French Memory, 1939-1946".
President of Hungary Laszlo Solyom has signed a law making Holocaust denial a crime. Starting in April 2010, denying or trivializing the Holocaust will be punishable by up to three years in prison.
Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, Chairman of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the ITF and the Council of Europe.
On 2nd February 2010 the vice-mayor of Riga, Ainars Shlesers, and Chairman of the Jewish community organization „Shamir", Rabbi Menachem Barkahan, signed a protocol of intentions on the foundation of a Riga Ghetto Museum.