Netherlands

Ernst Steigenga

Head of the Dutch Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 1999

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Julia Sarbo (National 4 and 5 May Committee) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Nanci Adler (NIOD Institute) – Academic Working Group

Marc van Berkel (University of Applied Sciences Nijmegen) – Education Working Group

Annemiek Gringold-Martinot (Hollandsche Schouwburg) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Jurmet Huitema-de Waal (Anne Frank House) – Education Working Group

Bas Kortholt (Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork) – Museums and Memorials Working Group


IHRA membership has, without a doubt, influenced policymaking, and remembrance of, research on and education about the Holocaust in the Netherlands. International projects and exhibitions between Dutch museums and research institutions have emerged, a virtual reality educational tool was developed and researched, and contributions were made to the redesign of the site of former German Nazi-concentration camp Sobibór.

Under the Dutch Chairmanship of the IHRA, reports by member countries were established. Furthermore, a multi-lingual digital exhibition on the genocide of the Sinti and Roma was launched, a Masters program on the Holocaust was developed, and in 2010 two academic centers merged to become the NIOD, Institute for War, Genocide and Holocaust Studies.

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