Countering Distortion

On 30 November, 2017, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance successfully concluded its second bi-annual Plenary Meeting under the Swiss Chairmanship in Bern with the consensus adoption of an organizational strategy prioritizing countering distortion and safeguarding the historical record, including sites, testimony and archival materials.

Fragmented Remembrance

On 26 November 2017, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) successfully concluded a conference in Bern, Switzerland, on the murder of people with disabilities and the Holocaust together with the Paedagogische Hochschule Bern and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

Working Definition of Antisemitism

The Bulgarian government has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism and has appointed a national coordinator on combatting antisemitism.

Education Research: Bibliographies

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of a set of bibliographies in fifteen languages to accompany the third volume in its publication series: "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders".

"Teaching about and Learning from the Holocaust. Practices and Experiences in Education", 22-23 January 2018, University of Teacher Education, Lausanne.

In 2004, Switzerland joined the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Now numbering 31 Member Countries, the aim of the IHRA is to strenghten and advance remembrance, research and education of the Holocaust. In March 2017, Switzerland will assume the Chairmanship of the IHRA, which it will hold for one year. As part of this Chairmanship, the University of Teacher Education in Lausanne, in collaboration with the University of Teacher Education in Lucerne, is organizing international study days on the theme of "Teaching about and Learning from the Holocaust: Practices and Experiences in Education". The study days are intended in particular for teachers and for trainers in educational institutions.


A Czech version of the IHRA co-funded website www.romasintigenocide.eu is now online. The online resource constitutes the first comprehensive online teaching resource in Europe which focuses exclusively on the genocide of the Roma and Sinti. The website provides extensive background information for 13 countries, selected biographies of victims of persecution, and 70 worksheets on camps and special aspects of the genocide of the Roma.


Researchers are often faced with the challenge that historical sources are dispersed throughout various archives, collections, museums and memorials. Complementary data and information are grouped and catalogued following the logic of the individual institutions, and not necessarily with other institutions' collections or with potential users and researchers in mind.

At the IHRA Plenary Meetings, which took place in Bern from 27 - 30 November 2017, the founders of the Network War Collections – Netwerk Oorlongsbronnen from the Netherlands were invited to talk to IHRA delegates about how they are seeking to address this challenge by bringing archival material together in one digital space, creating a basic thesaurus and providing context - an initiative relevant to IHRA's goal to ensure access to documents bearing on the Holocaust.