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26-30 June 2005

IHRA Working Group meetings and Plenary session take place in Warsaw. A discussion about the urgent opening of the ITS (International Tracing Service) archives was led by the IHRA-subcommittee on the accessibility of the ITS - all Holocaust related holdings (ISAIAH) on Bad Arolsen.

Pressure by IHRA member states on the ITS, including three IHRA declarations over a period of a year (June 2004- June 2005) contributed to the opening of the Bad Arolsen archives.

At this meeting, Professor Dina Porat was appointed as the Academic Advisor to the IHRA. In addition, discussions took place in Plenary regarding changing member states' annual pledge from US dollars to Euro. By 2007, member states’ contribution to the IHRA fund was 30,000 € per year.

1 November 2005

UN Resolution 60/7, highlighting the work of the IHRA, was passed.

13-16 November 2005

IHRA Working Group meetings and Plenary session take place in Krakow, including a study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Belgium, Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia become members of the IHRA.

The IHRA Chair issued a press release expressing concern about the situation of Darfur to Juan Mendez, special UN Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

This was the first IHRA meeting that Professor Dina Porat attended in her capacity as Academic Advisor to the IHRA. Professor Bauer became IHRA Honorary Chairman.