Report Summary

Together the IHRA’s 31 Member Countries succeeded in changing the EU draft legislation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) thereby safeguarding the future of Holocaust research for generations to come. This marks one of the biggest successes in the history of the organization and underlines the need for an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to focus on Holocaust research, remembrance and education. No other organization could have acted on an international platform to overcome the dangers the GDPR posed to Holocaust research.

2015 was also a year which saw the IHRA’s first academic publication on the topic of killing sites, the IHRA’s first professional development seminar, the first annotated bibliography of material on the genocide of the Roma published since 1989, and the first appointment of a Vatican liaison person for IHRA issues.

The IHRA also continued to grow in size and in geographical reach. In 2015 we welcomed Albania, Australia, El Salvador, Moldova and Monaco as Observer Countries.

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