“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
On 10 November IHRA's 31 member countries accepted Italy's candidacy for the chairmanship of the IHRA in 2018.
On June 8, 2016 the Italian Parliament approved an amendment which increased the penalty for Holocaust denial.
On 3 March, the IHRA Chair attended meetings in the Vatican, accompanied by the IHRA Executive Secretary, Dr Kathrin Meyer, the Advisor to the IHRA, Professor Steven Katz, and by the Head of the Romanian Delegation to the IHRA, Ambassador Razvan Rusu.
On 9 December in Florence, about 80 schoolchildren presented their works to commemorate the Holocaust as part of the national Italian competition "I giovani ricordano la Shoah" (Young people remember the Shoah).
On 15 December 2014, graduates of Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies seminars met in Rome at a special symposium under the banner of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Earlier this year, the Center for Research on Intercultural Relations at the Sacred Heart Catholic University in Italy, in cooperation with the USC Shoah Foundation in America, produced an online bilingual educational resource, “Giving Memory a Future,” with support from IHRA.
La presente definizione è espressione della consapevolezza del fatto che il negazionismo e la distorta rappresentazione dell’Olocausto debbano essere oggetto di sfida e denuncia a livello nazionale e internazionale e richiedere una disamina a livello globale. L’IHRA adotta dunque, quale strumento di lavoro, la seguente definizione operativa, legalmente non vincolante.
Sandro De Bernardin (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Head of Delegation
Giuseppe Pierro (Ministry of Education) – Deputy Head of Delegation
Simonette Della Seta (Advisor to the Italian Ambassador to Israel)- Communications Working Group
Sira Fatucci (Union of the Italian Jewish Communities) – Museums and Memorials Working Group
Silvia Guetta (University of Florence) - Education Working Group