“We empathize with the victims' suffering and draw inspiration from their struggle. Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
– Article 8 of the Stockholm Declaration
Holocaust memorial sites can be found across Europe in remote villages and city centers. Yet as time passes, the preservation of these sites is threatened both by acts of commission and omission. Following a recommendation to the IHRA Plenary in 2015, the IHRA has been focusing its efforts on protecting and preserving Holocaust-related sites throughout its Member Countries and beyond. The IHRA has engaged with local communities to address concerns relating to Camp Komarom in Hungary, Jasenovac in Croatia, Staro Sajmiste in Serbia, and the former Vilnius ghetto library site in Lithuania.
In 2016, these efforts contributed to the Czech Government’s decision to approve a bill to close an industrial pig farm on site of Lety u Pisku, a former concentration camp for Roma, heeding calls by the IHRA, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and local Roma organizations.
The current Chair of IHRA’s Memorials and Museums Working Group is Alicja Białecka (Poland).