“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 16 December 2010, the Plenary of ITF appointed a new Academic Advisor, Professor Steven Katz. Steven T. Katz (born August 24, 1944, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.), B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cantab), D.H.L. (honoris causa), B.D. (Cantab), is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, Boston, Ma., and holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
At its second session under Israeli chairmanship on 16 December 2010, the ITF Plenary accepted Finland as the 28th full Member State of ITF.
On 25 and 26 October 2010 the ITF launched a pilot program for outreach in Ukraine. Officials from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from numerous NGOs active in the fields of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research in Ukraine, were invited to attend.
A special seminar of decision makers and leaders in Lithuanian educational frameworks is now taking place at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.
The HET of Ireland will host the International Conference on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in Dublin on 18-19 November 2010.
The conference will address the core issues of antisemitism and Holocaust denial, but will also include some academic or research challenges on the themes of denial in general, the psychology of denial and also myth. The programme for the conference demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of the conference: Antisemitism, Holocaust denial, History, Philosophy, Legal and Ethical Dimensions.
ITF Chairman Dan Tichon, and Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the ITF and the OSCE/ODIHR in Jerusalem.
The Task Force for International Cooperation in Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) met for its biannual Plenary meeting, the first under the Israeli chairmanship, from 14-17 June 2010. Over 200 delegates attended representing 35 countries and 114 NGOs and intergovernmental organizations and government institutions in the ITF's 4 Working Groups.