“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Historic Sites Questionnaire has been under development by the ITF's Memorials and Museums Working Group (MMWG) since 2008, as a follow-up to the resolution on historic sites adopted by the ITF in Prague in June 2007. The resolution recognized the extraordinary importance of researching and marking for posterity the physical locations where Holocaust-related events occurred. Consequently, ITF Member Countries are encouraged to undertake all possible measures to mark such sites, preserve them, and prevent their misuse. This includes also memorial museums for Nazi-victims which are not located on historical sites. The report entitled Historic Sites Questionnaire of the ITF Memorials and Museums Working Group examines the results of the ITF's Historic Sites Questionnaire within Member Countries and will continue to be updated. The report was compiled by MMWG expert Dr. Thomas Lutz in collaboration with researcher Sophie Perl. The report was released for publication by decision of the ITF Plenary.
Because of the Jewish Holocaust during the Second World War Lithuania lost over 90 per cent of the Jewish community. In 1994, 23 September was declared National Memorial Day for the Genocide Victims of the Lithuanian Jews to commemorate the liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto on that day in 1943. Many events are held to commemorate 23 September in different institutions of Lithuania every year. This year different departments of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum host the following events which time-wise constitute nearly two weeks of the commemoration.
Since 2001, Slovakia has commemorated the victims of the Holocaust and of racial violence on 9 September as the "Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and of Racial Violence".
Memorial sites for the victims of National Socialism and sites relating to the period of National Socialism in general are to be found in all Austrian provinces. They are important places of remembrance of the sufferings and deaths of so many people. They are also a challenge to our capacity to understand: How could it all happen? How could a society be willing to commit and support such crimes?
On May 13, the ceremony for the unveiling of the Monument Commemorating the Evacuation of Warsaw Ghetto Fighters took place at 51, Prosta Street in Warsaw.
5 May 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp complex.
A series of commemorative events have been taking place over the weekend to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps in April 1945.
On International Holocaust Memorial Day, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) launched an updated edition of its publication Holocaust Memorial Days in the OSCE Region - an overview of governmental practices. This publication contains information of governmental activities on Holocaust remembrance days and the mandates of these days.
What are IHRA member states doing to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th?
On 20 January 2010, the American Jewish Committee in Germany, in cooperation with an international coalition of partners, announced a call to action in support of the ongoing efforts to identify the mass graves of Holocaust victims murdered in Eastern Europe by Father Patrick Desbois and the organization