“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
Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, Chairman of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the ITF and the Council of Europe.
The second and last Plenary meeting under the Norwegian Chairmanship has come to an end. Before we adjourn the meeting, allow me to share with you some personal reflections on where the ITF is today and some of the future challenges it will face.
The Forward's July 29, 2009 editorial about the ITF.
Norway is honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of novelist and poet Knut Hamsun, who won the Noble Prize in literature in 1920. So acclaimed was Hamsun’s work that Isaac Bashevis Singer declared that “the whole modern school of fiction in the 20th century stems from Hamsun.”
Professor Yehuda Bauer, Israel, was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by His Majesty King Harald the Fifth of Norway during the meetings of the Holocaust Task Force (ITF) in Oslo 22 - 25 June 2009.