• Irwin Cotler

    Head of Canadian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2009

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 17 January (Raoul Wallenberg Day)



    Canada’s membership of the IHRA is an affirmation at the highest political level of its commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Canada’s IHRA Chairmanship in 2013 helped raise awareness of the Holocaust through initiatives such as a ‘National Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education’, participation in an international poster design competition, development of a comprehensive research guide to holdings related to the

  • Jan-Marie Deboutte

    Head of the Belgian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2005

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 8 May (Commemoration of the day of victory for democracy and remembrance of the Nazi-German genocide)



    During Belgium’s IHRA Chairmanship, two high-visibility plenaries in Mechelen and Liège took place, attracting widespread media attention.

  • Szabolcs Takacs

    Head of the Hungarian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2002

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 16 April (National Holocaust Remembrance Day), 2 August (Commemoration of the Roma and Sinti Genocide)



    In the years following Hungary’s accession to the IHRA, milestone commemorative events took place: the launch of a National Holocaust Memorial Day in 2000, as well as the inauguration of the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Bud

  • Member country since: 1999

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 16 July (Anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup)



    France’s accession to the IHRA offered an opportunity to create a network of national Holocaust experts, ensuring more efficient sharing of information between institutions and wider dissemination of activities in the areas of Holocaust teaching, research and remembrance. These discussions have also laid the foundation for enhanced educational work and a closer partnership between the authorities and the various remembrance sites in France.

  • Luigi Maccotta

    Head of the Italian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 1999

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)



    Since joining the IHRA, the Italian Government has increased its support for initiatives which aim to strengthen Holocaust remembrance, education and research. Following the 2004 Italian Chairmanship, institutions and civil society have become more involved in Holocaust-related issues. The collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the Union of Italian Jewish Communities has produced positive results.

  • Marko Rakovec

    Head of the Slovenian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2011

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)



    The joint efforts of the Slovenian government and NGOs to educate and inform the public about the fate of the Jewish population in the territory of Slovenia during the Holocaust have been well received in schools and beyond.

  • Michaela Küchler

    Head of German Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 1998

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)



    The German IHRA membership has fostered the cooperation and efforts of the numerous and diverse institutions focused on Holocaust remembrance, research and education throughout Germany. The vast number of memorials that have emerged since the Stockholm Declaration form part of Germany’s remembrance culture and provide an important basis for debates on its Nazi past.

  • Malle Talvet-Mustonen

    Head of the Estonian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2007

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)



    Since Estonia joined the IHRA, awareness of Holocaust issues in the country has considerably increased and the 27 January commemoration has become an integral annual event. The memorial on the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Klooga has been renovated and an outdoor exhibit now completes the memorial.

  • Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff and Hannah Lessing

    Co-Heads of Austrian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2001

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 5 May (National Day against Violence and Racism in Memory of the Victims of National Socialism)



    Since its IHRA Chairmanship in 2008, Austria has considerably increased its activities within the IHRA in various ways. Austria emphasizes the relevance of Holocaust education for understanding the origins and threat of genocide and related phenomena such as mass atrocities, antisemitism, religious intolerance, xenophobia and hate crimes: In this context the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism was adopted.

  • Mato Škrabalo

    Head of the Croatian Delegation to the IHRA

    Member country since: 2005

    Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 2 August (Commemoration of the Roma and Sinti Genocide)



    Since joining the IHRA, the Republic of Croatia has established a network of teachers and professors committed to the subject of the Holocaust. IHRA membership has also helped increase access to numerous and diverse Holocaust-related teaching resources for educators. Existing resources have also been upgraded in accordance with the highest educational standards.