Switzerland

François Wisard

Head of the Swiss Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 2004

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Bernard Wicht (Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Monique Eckmann (HETS, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) – Education Working Group

Diane Fontannaz (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)

Daniel Gerson (Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Bern) – Academic Working Group

Tilman Renz (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) - Communication Working Group


Switzerland was the first country to establish a national IHRA advisory group, by bringing together representatives from teachers’ associations, Jewish NGOs, Sinti and Roma organizations, governmental departments and universities. The underlying idea was to promote the implementation of the Stockholm Declaration and the goals of the IHRA in civil society. This combined top-down/ bottom-up approach turned out to be particularly successful in a multilingual and federalist country. Teamwork and diversity are Switzerland’s strengths. 

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