BERLIN, February 7, 2017 - H.E Mgr. Silvano Maria Tomasi, Secretary Delegate of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, is confirmed to hold the keynote speech at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) conference in cooperation with the Holy See on refugee policies from 1933 to the present day, to be held in Rome from 16-17 February 2017.
The IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, issues a statement on the recent decisions in the USA:
"As Honorary Chairman of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), with its 31 Member Countries and eleven Observer Countries, I was extremely surprised that in the statement issued on behalf of President Trump on International Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27), the Holocaust was interpreted in a deeply erroneous way, and no specific mention was made of Jews or of antisemitism, which motivated the Holocaust.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) welcomes the decision of European Commission to include the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, adopted in May 2016, on the Commission's website. The IHRA is particularly glad to see this positive step, which it hopes to be followed by the adoption of the working definition of antisemitism by the EU itself.
On 27 January the Head of the Austrian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Ambassador Michael Baier, and Advisor to the IHRA, Professor Steven Katz, participated in the commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Tirana, Albania.
On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, and the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Mr Michael O'Flaherty, issue a joint statement on the importance of educating for the future through learning from the past.
On 26 January the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, will address the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The IHRA is proud to present its new blog, “Seeking Protection”, which explores how our knowledge of the refugee situation before, during and after the Holocaust can be relevant for understanding the current refugee situation. The blog aims to serve as a resource centre for educators and as a platform for guest bloggers to reflect on the topic of refugees.
At the Iasi Plenary Meetings, IHRA experts raised serious concerns about provisions in the existing and proposed legislation in Poland that could impact on Holocaust research. On the invitation of the Polish authorities, an IHRA expert working group visited Warsaw on 15 December to enter into dialogue with the relevant Polish stakeholders.