IHRA Member Countries have played an important role in ensuring that outright denial of the Holocaust – the notion that that the genocide of Europe’s Jews never happened – finds no place in mainstream discourse. Nonetheless, forms of Holocaust distortion persist.
Countering distortion, and safeguarding the historical record, is one of IHRA’s current focus areas — and ten excellent projects have been chosen to receive funding in 2019.
The approaches to the subject matter are diverse. One project involves an international conference connecting the memory of Jasenovac to historical accuracy, while another aims to digitise passport photos and details in order to commemorate vibrant prewar Jewish life in Latvia. What they have in common is their efforts to contribute to a more complete historical record of the Holocaust and the Genocide of the Roma, or to seek effective and meaningful ways to prevent and counter distortion.
Particularly noteworthy is the “Mapping the Genocide of the Roma in Hungary” project, which has been awarded the Yehuda Bauer Grant. This project aims to create a digital map, integrating previously unexplored archival sources, which will be available to the public. The map will combine collection and labor camps, sites of killings and atrocities, burial sites, memorials, and routes of forced marches in wartime Hungary. The website will be supported with educational materials, and will be widely shared with support from the project partners.
Countering distortion, and safeguarding the historical record, are complex, nuanced issues, and the IHRA has committed to focussing on these topics over a period of several years. We solicit input from a range of disciplines and geographical regions and ensure that our recommendations are backed by research, informed by best practice and communicated effectively.
Read more about our focus on countering distortion and safeguarding the historical record.
The next round of applications for IHRA Grants will open in September — please keep an eye on our social media channels and website for updates.