Focus Areas

Delegates to the IHRA include many of the world’s leading scholars in the history of the Holocaust, the events that led to it and its legacy. The IHRA deploys their expertise to address the most pressing contemporary policy concerns relating to Holocaust education, research, and remembrance.

The IHRA’s network of experts in Holocaust education, research and remembrance consists of specialists in museology, pedagogy, history, archaeology, memorialization and genocide studies, among many other disciplines.This breadth of expertise is the key to the IHRA’s effectiveness. By bringing together multidisciplinary groups to focus on specific priority areas, the IHRA is able to put forth meaningful policy recommendations.

IHRA delegate Juliane Wetzel speaks at the conference "Refugee Policies from 1933 until Today: Challenges and Responsibilities" in February 2017. Credit: NABIS Photographers


Cases of antisemitism are on the rise. The IHRA is uniquely positioned to equip policymakers with the tools they need to address this rise in hate and discrimination in their countries.


Holocaust Denial and Distortion

The IHRA, mandated to focus on Holocaust-related issues, is taking the lead in combatting cases of Holocaust denial and distortion.


Archives and Research

We help encourage the identification, preservation, and making available of archival material for research, education and commemoration.




The IHRA develops and promotes up-to-date educational resources to help guide educators in teaching about the Holocaust, as well as their students in learning about it.


Genocide of the Roma

We promote education, remembrance and research on the genocide of the Roma to increase awareness of their persecution and genocide under Nazi rule.


Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

Understanding the Holocaust can help in addressing the genocides, mass atrocities and other human rights violations of today.



IHRA Member Countries are committed to encouraging appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance in their countries. Museum and memorial professionals are able to use IHRA as a forum to share best practices.


Safeguarding Sites

We work to preserve and protect sites associated with the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma, as they are crucial in educating current and future generations.




The IHRA encourages research into the Holocaust and related fields by supporting research projects and conferences. Our publications are free to download.


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IHRA Statements

We often comment on current events related to the Holocaust. Find all statements issued by the IHRA Chair and the IHRA Executive Secretary here.


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