IHRA Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Statement on Polish Legislation

"We, the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, wish to express our extreme concern over the recent decision by the Parliament of Poland on 26 January 2018 and the Senate of Poland on 31 January 2018 to pass an amendment to the act on the Institute of National Remembrance. Should the President of Poland sign it into law, this amendment brings with it the possibility of a government-imposed fine or up to a three-year term of imprisonment to persons, both within and outside of Poland, who “ascribe to the Polish People or to the Polish...

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IHRA Chair appeals to Polish President not to sign law

"As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I was deeply concerned to hear that the Polish Senate passed the amended legislation yesterday. I underline once again Poland’s commitment to our founding document, the Stockholm Declaration, which outlines the shared commitment of all our Member Countries to encourage the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions and to uphold its truth against those who would deny it.
 
 I continue to emphasize the right to free and open research and discourse and I strongly appeal to President Duda to reflect on the comments from the...

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IHRA Honorary Chairman Statement on Polish Legislation

"I would like to comment on the current issue of the IHRA's attitude to the amendment to Polish legislation, passed by the Polish parliament, relating to the so-called protection of Polish national honor dealing with the Holocaust.
 
 The IHRA's mission, as defined in the Stockholm Declaration, is to deal with the memory of the Holocaust, and further education and research on the issues connected with that genocide. Poland is committed to the Declaration, and that is the basis of its membership in the IHRA. The legislation under discussion deals, beyond the verbiage, with at least three...

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IHRA Chair's Statement on the Amendment to Act on the Institute of National Remembrance

"It was with great concern that I took note of the amendment to the legislation adopted by the lower house of the Polish Parliament on the eve of UN-mandated International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 
  As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I underline our member countries’ commitment to our founding document, the Stockholm Declaration:
 
 
 “Together we must uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust against those who deny it ... We share a commitment to encourage the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions.” 
 
 
 It is in light of this commitment that the IHRA...

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IHRA Honorary Chairman Statement on Charlottesville

IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, has issued the following statement: "The 'Unite the Right' rally which took place in Charlottesville last week, in which counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered, not only leaves a stain on America but is also a timely reminder of the perpetual need to combat the twisted ideology of the far-right everywhere it appears.
 
 The Holocaust remains an event close enough in time that survivors can still bear witness to the horrors that engulfed the Jewish people and to the terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis. I...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Statement on the historically unsupportable use of the terms “Polish Death Camps”

"In recognition of the Stockholm Declaration (2000) commitment to ‘uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust’ (defined as the mass murder of Jewry by the Nazis and their allies) against denial and distortion, and in acknowledgement of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War II, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) wishes to state that it shares the Polish government’s opposition to the historically unsupportable use of the terms “Polish Death Camps” or “Polish Camps” to refer to the camps and sites of persecution and murder...

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IHRA Honorary Chair Statement on President Trump's Holocaust Remembrance Day message

"As Honorary Chairman of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), with its 31 Member Countries and eleven Observer Countries, I was extremely surprised that in the statement issued on behalf of President Trump on International Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27), the Holocaust was interpreted in a deeply erroneous way, and no specific mention was made of Jews or of antisemitism, which motivated the Holocaust.
 
 All IHRA Member Countries, including the USA, one of the founders, are committed to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration which defines the Holocaust as the genocide of the...

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Joint Statement with European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, and the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Mr Michael O'Flaherty, issue a joint statement on the importance of educating for the future through learning from the past.
 
 The rising tide of intolerance spreading across Europe demonstrates the vulnerability of human rights and the need to be ever vigilant in their protection. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the EU Agency for...

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Joint Statement with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on Occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, and the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Mr Michael O'Flaherty, issue a joint statement on the importance of educating for the future through learning from the past.
 
 The rising tide of intolerance spreading across Europe demonstrates the vulnerability of human rights and the need to be ever vigilant in their protection. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the EU Agency for...

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Statement of the IHRA Chair, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, regarding the outcome of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg.

Following the conclusion on 9 December 2016 of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, I would like to commend the efforts and the strong commitment of the German Chairmanship  to promote the endorsement by OSCE of the working definition of antisemitism previously adopted by the IHRA.
 
 I am grateful to the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank Walter Steinmeier, and his team for the continuous efforts in the last months to advance a consensus on this matter. I also praise the contribution to these efforts by Rabbi Andrew Baker, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in...

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