On the 1 November, 2018, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania organized a large debate on the Jewish community in Romania in the period 1918-2018.
The event was organized in the context of the centennial celebration, in cooperation with the National School for Political and Administrative Sciences and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference was attended by the President of the Romanian Jewish Federation, politicians, media representatives, legal experts, political commentators, diplomats, students and researchers. Renowned Romanian academics as well as Radu Ioanid of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington offered lectures on the fate of the Jewish community in Romania during Holocaust, in the post-war period, during the communist regime and in the 20 years following the 1989 Revolution. The sacrifice of the Jewish volunteers who defended the Kingdom and the unity of Romania during Wolrd War I was remembered.
A debate was also held on the challenges of combatting antisemitism in Romania through legislative and educational instruments and on the current situation of antisemitism worldwide.
Ambassador Victor Micula, ad interim Head of the Romanian Delegation to the IHRA, underlined Romania's efforts to implement the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism at legislative and institutional levels as well as Romania's new formats on Holocaust education following the IHRA Chairmanship.