On 13 March, 2019, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU hosted an event dedicated to promoting Holocaust remembrance and combatting Holocaust denial through memorial museums in Bucharest. The event was opened by the speech of the Prime-Minister of Romania, Ms. Viorica Dancila, who recalled that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU has set the subject of combatting antisemitism as one of its main agenda priorities. The main objective of the event was to facilitate an exchange of views on the future National Museum of Jewish History and of the Holocaust in Romania- one of the most important ongoing projects in Romania on Holocaust remembrance and education.
The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania and the Bnai Brith Dr. Moses Rosen Forum Romania. It was attended by approximately 100 persons, including representatives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the International Holocaust Remembrance as well as scholars and academia.
Ambassador Michael Baier, Head of the Austrian Delegation to the IHRA, moderated the first expert panel of the event and gave an address on behalf of the IHRA. He underlined Romania’s contribution to the adoption of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism during its chairmanship in 2016-2017 as well as the role of memorial museums in promoting Holocaust education and combatting hate crimes and hate speech, both online and offline.
The conference was part of a series of events dedicated to combatting antisemitism and Holocaust denial that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU has envisaged.