Statement by the ITF Chair on the Importance of Teaching Children about the Holocaust

With great concern, the ITF (now IHRA) Chair has become aware of recent statements made by members of Hamas regarding efforts of the United Nations to introduce education about the Holocaust into the Gaza school system.
 
 The 27 member states of the Task Force are committed to the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which reaffirms the universal meaning of the Holocaust for all mankind and pledges to uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust against those who deny it.
 
 In the same spirit, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on 1...

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Statement of the ITF Chair regarding the European Parliament resolution on European conscience and totalitarianism

The following statement is issued by the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA), Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, in conjunction with the resolution passed by the European Parliament on 2 April 2009, determining 23 August, the date on which in 1939 the infamous Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement was signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, as a date of remembrance to victims of both regimes.
 
 Statement of Chairman Amb. Tom Vraalsen:
 
 Recognizing the importance of commemorating all victims of totalitarian...

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Statement of the ITF Chair Concerning the Commemoration of Knut Hamsun

After extensive consultations, the ITF (now IHRA) Chair has authorized the ITF's Permanent Office to transmit the following statement:
 
 In recent weeks, certain individuals and institutions have publically questioned Norway's suitability to chair the "Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF)". The reason for this is Norway's commemoration this year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun.
 
 The commemoration of Knut Hamsun's birth has led to a debate about him as an acclaimed author and as a person who...

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Statement about the Pope's Decision on Bishop Williamson's Unacceptable Stance Regarding the Holocaust

Statement about the Pope's decision on Bishop Williamson's unacceptable stance regarding the Holocaust 
 
 The Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA) welcomes and fully supports the Yad Vashem comment (see below) regarding the Pope's decision on Bishop Williamson's unacceptable stance regarding the Holocaust. The Work of the ITF is based on the Declaration of 2001 of the Stockholm International Forum of the Holocaust which states inter alia: Together we must uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust...

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Chair Expresses Abhorrence at the Intention of Neo-Nazis to Demonstrate in the Old Jewish Quarter of Prague on November 10

Final – approved 30 October, 2007 
 
 The Chair of the ITF (now IHRA), on behalf of the members of the ITF, expresses his abhorrence at the intention of neo-Nazis to demonstrate in the old Jewish Quarter of Prague on November 10, the anniversary of the „Kristallnacht“ Pogrom perpetrated by Nazi Germany in 1938. The Nazi regime and its actions have justifiably come to represent absolute evil, and any pro-Nazi demonstration must be seen as an expression of identification with that abhorrent regime and as an attempt to return Nazism to this world. The Chair and the ITF condemn all efforts to...

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Chair's Declaration on Teaching About the Genocide of the Roma and Sinti

Final – approved June 13, 2007 
 
 Chair’s Declaration on Teaching about the Genocide of the Roma and Sinti 
 
 The Chair draws the attention of member countries of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research tothe importance of supporting projects and of strengthening education on the fate of the Roma and Sinti during World War II. 
 
 The Holocaust Task Force, in accordance with the 2000 Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust, focuses its activities on the Holocaust or Shoah, i.e. the genocide of the Jews perpetrated by the Nazis and their...

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Declaration About Iranian President's Statements on the Holocaust

DECLARATION ABOUT IRANIAN PRESIDENT’S STATEMENTS ON THE HOLOCAUST 
 
 The Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (formerly ITF, now IHRA), which consists of delegations from 24 governments, has released the following statement through its Chair: 
 
 “At the recent meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Iranian President, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that there is a need for an expert commission to examine the claim that there was what is known as the Holocaust (Shoah - the genocide of the Jews at the hands of Nazi...

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Task Force Chair Rejects Remarks by Iranian President

International Task Force Chair Rejects Remarks by Iranian President
 
 January 5, 2006
 
 The recent statements of the Iranian President, Mr. Ahmedinajad, calling the Holocaust a myth, and in effect calling for a genocidal policy towards another member state of the UN, namely Israel, were an unacceptable departure. The genocide of the Jewish people at the hand of Nazi Germany in World War II has been recognized by the UN as a defining event in mankind's history. The Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research is devoting its best efforts to...

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Task Force Chair Expresses Concerns About Darfur to the United Nations

In my capacity as current Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, I wish to convey to you my deepest concerns regarding the current crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. 
 
 As you know, the Task Force is committed to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust, which states that: 
 
 “With Humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils.”
 
 Our role is to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust, which...

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International Task Force Expresses Condolences on Death of Simon Wiesenthal

International Task Force Expresses Condolences on Death of Simon Wiesenthal
 
 September 20, 2005
 
 The Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research, comprising government representatives and NGOs from more than 20 countries, expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of Simon Wiesenthal.
 
 A survivor of the Holocaust, Mr. Wiesenthal dedicated his life to raising the awareness of the public and their governments on the importance of prosecuting Nazi criminals and ensuring that justice is dispensed on behalf of the victims of the Holocaust...

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