28 February 2024 Time to read: 2 mins

Protecting the Facts, Protecting the Future

A new report showcases unique ways of countering Holocaust distortion throughout the IHRA's Member Countries and Permanent International Partners

The Protecting the Facts, Protecting the Future report on Holocaust distortion is one of the legacies of the Croatian IHRA Presidency. It takes stock of how much the Alliance has accomplished on one of the IHRA Strategy’s pillars – countering Holocaust distortion – and where we are headed as an organization. The report provides us with information on how our membership uses and implements the IHRA’s tools on recognizing and countering Holocaust distortion. It displays what each Member Country and Permanent International Partner has accomplished in the last decade and what we plan to achieve in the future.

All input was provided by the delegations themselves in response to a questionnaire conducted during the 2023 Croatian IHRA Presidency on the following:

  1. Out of the the IHRA’s current tools, initiatives, and best practices on recognizing and countering Holocaust distortion, which of the tools have you implemented, used and/or translated?
  2. Please elaborate on what actions you have taken to implement these tools and how you use them.
  3. The IHRA’s working definition of Holocaust denial and distortion was adopted by the IHRA in 2013. However, few IHRA Member Countries have adopted this definition at a national level. Why do you think this is so? What are the challenges to adopting the definition in your national context? What can be done to encourage wider adoption of the definition?
  4. Although Holocaust distortion is a global phenomenon, it is important to be aware of how it presents itself locally. We can only monitor distortion if we are able to recognize it. Considering the manifestations, both those described in the Recommendations and beyond, please list concrete examples of Holocaust distortion that have posed a challenge in your Member Country or organization.
  5. Although we cannot list all the positive actions we have taken in the past decade to counter Holocaust distortion, please provide us with what you consider to be the most significant achievements on this topic by your Member Country or organization in the areas within the IHRA’s mandate (Holocaust remembrance, education, memorials and museums, and academic research). These can be both national or local initiatives.
  6. Looking to the future, especially in the post-survivor era and 80 years after the end of the Second World War, what will be the greatest challenges in countering Holocaust distortion, both globally and locally? How do you think we should respond to these threats as an alliance, as Member Countries, and as organizations?

The Croatian IHRA Presidency thanks all delegations for candidly presenting the challenges we have encountered and the unique solutions we have developed. Most importantly, by presenting the IHRA’s current tools and our ongoing commitments to counter Holocaust distortion as a concrete outcome of the Croatian IHRA Presidency, the report represents yet another example of how the IHRA unites governments and experts #FORtheIHRA.

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