IHRA Chair's Statement on Attack on Synagogue in Halle

"As the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, it was with deep shock that I learned of the attempt by an armed gunman to enter a synagogue in Halle, Germany, and the subsequent deadly shootings nearby on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish community. In the name of all 33 Member Countries of the IHRA, I express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those murdered in the attack. Our thoughts are also with those wounded and we wish for their quick recovery. Over the last years we have witnessed an increase in right-wing extremism. We...

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IHRA Chair pays tribute to the late French President Jacques Chirac

"Today, the French people pay their last respects to their late President Jacques Chirac. In the name of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I would like to pay tribute to President Chirac for the courageous speech he delivered on 16 July, 1995, at the Vel d’Hiv, fifty years after the roundup that cost the lives of many thousands of French Jews. The history of all our nations contain chapters written in golden letters and pages written in poisonous ink. Nobody will ever forget the determination, the bravery and the fearlessness of the French Resistance movement during World War...

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IHRA Chair commends removal of plaque honouring Jonas Noreika in Lithuania

"The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance commends the brave action taken by Mayor Remigijus Šimašius to remove the plaque honouring Jonas Noreika due to the controversy surrounding his actions during the Holocaust, including his role in the ghettoization and expropriation of property of Jews in Siauliai district in 1941. It is important to remember that any distortion of the history of the Holocaust can allow for more violent and more dangerous forms of Holocaust denial and antisemitism to take place. We will continue to work with the governments of our 33 Member Countries to...

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IHRA Academic Working Group Statement on Scholarly Comparisons

"The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance aims to safeguard the record and counter distortion of the history of the Holocaust and genocide of the Roma. Its vision is to work towards the moral imperative of “a world without genocide.” Eschewing scholarly comparison, which enables early recognition of the symptoms of militarized, dehumanizing, mass detention of civilian populations and supports voicing timely warnings, defeats the very meaning and purpose of the IHRA mission. The IHRA Academic Working Group stands in opposition to any and all such prohibitions."

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Dr Gilly Carr appointed as first representative for Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney in the UK's delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The IHRA welcomes the appointment of Dr Gilly Carr as the first representative for Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney in the UK's delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. As the foremost international network of governments and experts working on the topic of the Holocaust, a central pillar of IHRA’s work is safeguarding the historical record of the Holocaust. Dr Carr is also leading the IHRA project ‘Safeguarding Sites: the IHRA Charter for best practice' which aims to create guidelines for the protection of sites. The research and preservation of sites where Nazi...

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IHRA Chair’s Statement on House of Fates, Budapest

"On 4th June 2019, the IHRA Plenary agreed to appoint a group of IHRA experts to provide input or suggestions to the international advisory boards of the House of Fates museum in Budapest, Hungary. The IHRA has taken great interest in the House of Fates museum since 2014 as the previous concept was much criticized by domestic and international audiences. The decision of the Plenary followed the presentation of a new preliminary outline for the House of Fates museum by the Hungarian delegation to the IHRA, led by Minister of State Szabolcs Takacs. The Hungarian Head of Delegation quoted Prime...

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IHRA Executive Secretary Statement on Vandalism of Holocaust Survivor Photo Exhibition in Vienna

"It is deeply upsetting to see photographs of Holocaust survivors vandalised in Vienna for the third time. The IHRA condemns this hateful act of antisemitism and contempt for the victims of Nazism. We will continue to work with the governments of our 32 member countries to counter antisemitism and protect and preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust." Dr Kathrin MeyerIHRA Executive Secretary

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IHRA Executive Secretary statement on Holocaust reference in Alabama Abortion Bill

The text of Alabama's bill on abortion (HB 314) compares abortion to the Holocaust, among other genocides and mass atrocity crimes. "The comparison made between abortion and the Holocaust is abhorrent. The suggestion is offensive and trivializes the Holocaust, offending the memory of Holocaust victims and survivors. These two matters are in no way related and to seek to make this comparison for political purposes is completely unacceptable." Dr Kathrin Meyer IHRA Executive Secretary

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IHRA Chair’s Statement on Shooting at Chabad of Poway Synagogue, San Diego

“As the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, it was with deep shock and sadness that I learned of the shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego on 27 April, on the final day of Passover. In the name of all 32 Member Countries of the IHRA, I express sincere condolences to the families and friends of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was killed in the attack and our thoughts and sympathies are with Rabbi Goldstein, Noya Dahan and Almog Peretz who were wounded. We stand with the Jewish community in San Diego County.  With humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic...

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Statement on Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Lithuania

"We, the undersigned chairs and recent chairs of expert working groups and committees of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), express our grave concern about the decision of the Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Lithuania to justify the wartime actions taken by Jonas Noreika in relation to the Jews of that country. The text issued by the Center on 27 March, 2019, is the most recent of a series of attempts to rehabilitate the reputation of Noreika, a man, documentary sources indicate, with a key role in the ghettoization and expropriation of property of...

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