IHRA Chair’s Statement on the EU Incorporating International Holocaust Remembrance Day into its Official Calendar

As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I would like to express my appreciation for the European Union's placement of 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on its official calendar.
 
 Remembrance is at the core of IHRA's mandate, and the Stockholm Declaration commits all member countries "commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it."
 
 All 31 IHRA member countries, including the 23 that are also EU member states, reflect this commitment by holding annual national commemorations on 27 January.
 
 The IHRA's focus on...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding the Shootings in Toulouse

As the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF) and on behalf of its members, I am deeply shocked by the attack today at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France in which four people were killed, including three children. We strongly condemn this criminal act and would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Jewish community of Toulouse and to the families of those killed as they mourn the loss of these victims.

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IHRA Chair's Statement on the Importance of Holocaust Education in UNRWA Schools

The ITF (now IHRA) Chair has become aware that United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) representatives have come under criticism for teaching the Holocaust in UNRWA schools.
 
 The 28 member countries of the ITF are committed to the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust and to encouraging Holocaust education in all schools, universities, institutions, and communities. The General Assembly of the United Nations also adopted a resolution in 2005 affirming the importance of Holocaust remembrance and rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Recent Vandalism in Lithuania

As the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF, now IHRA), I join the Lithuanian Prime Minister in strongly condemning the vandalism of the memorial to the victims of Nazism at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania on 11 April.
 
 This act is especially shameful due to the fact that Lithuania's Parliament (Seimas) declared 2011 as the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Such horrible acts of vandalism try to diminish both the memory of the victims and the meaning of the Holocaust for future...

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ITF Chair's statement on the situation of the Roma in Europe

As the Chair of an organization dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust and the victims of genocide during the Second World War, I am deeply troubled to see the Roma subjected to racial prejudice, hate crimes, expulsions, and even in some cases murder.
 
 I condemn these practices and call on all governments to protect the rights of this vulnerable minority, whose communities still suffer from their persecution and genocide under Nazi rule.
 
 In December 2009, ITF (now IHRA) Member Countries unanimously pledged to "prevent discrimination against the Roma and protect the Roma communities...

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ITF Chair's statement on Iranian Holocaust denial website

It has come to my attention that a foundation linked to the Iranian regime has recently launched a website in English, Arabic and Farsi, dedicated to disseminating Holocaust denial propaganda and antisemitic imagery to an international audience.
 
 The website promotes the idea that the Holocaust is a myth fabricated to advance the interests of the Jews and the State of Israel. Through crude cartoons and pseudo-historical statements it depicts Jews as murderers and money-worshipers.
 
 The Iranian government has a history of vocal Holocaust denial and antisemitism. The ITF (now IHRA) issued a...

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ITF Chair's Statement regarding recent arson attacks on the Etz Hayyim synagogue, Crete

As the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA), I was shocked and outraged to hear of two recent arson attacks against the historic Etz Hayyim synagogue in Hania, Crete.
 
 The synagogue was first attacked on 6 January and then again on 16 January. Numerous books and archives were destroyed and substantial damage was incurred to the building. Particularly disturbing was the evidence, retrieved after the first attack, of antisemitic references to the Holocaust.
 
 In addition to being the only functioning...

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ITF Chair's Statement regarding Vandalism and Theft in Auschwitz

As the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA), I am outraged that the infamous sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" over one of Auschwitz' main gates has been stolen. Having visited Auschwitz recently I can testify to the power of that sign. It bears witness to the unprecedented mass murder of over a million innocent civilians in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the Second World War. This horrible and shameful act of vandalism must be strongly condemned.

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ITF Statement concerning Hate Crimes and Discrimination targeting Roma in Europe

The following statement was endorsed by the 27 member States of the ITF at the Plenary session in Trondheim, Norway, on 3 December 2009
 
 Statement by the ITF (now IHRA)
 
 Concerning Hate Crimes and Discrimination targeting Roma in Europe
 
 3 December 2009
 
  
 
 The Roma were subject to persecution and genocide under Nazi-rule. The Roma in Europe still suffer from the repercussion of the destruction of their communities. It is very disturbing that in several European countries the situation of Roma has deteriorated seriously during 2009. Hate crimes have led to deaths and Roma are...

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Chair's Statement on references to the Holocaust in the US healthcare debate

The Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA) has registered that statements have been made during the current health care debate in the US making inappropriate references to the Holocaust in an attempt to influence the political deliberations. The Chair of the ITF condemns these statements as they trivialize the history and memory of the victims of the Holocaust which must be held sacred for future generations.

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