“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 IHRA has three committees that bring experts from all Working Groups together to address topics that are of contemporary interest to the IHRA and of a cross-cutting nature across its three principle areas of activity. These committees are the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, the Committee on the Genocide of the Roma, and the Committee on the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.
Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial
The Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial was created to form a common approach to address the upsurge in antisemitism and Holocaust denial and trivialization. The Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial is tasked with assessing the situation and annually submitting to the Plenary recommendations on measures to be taken to fight antisemitism in all its different forms.
As the only intergovernmental body dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust, the IHRA is uniquely positioned to devote attention to Holocaust denial and trivialization and effectively contribute to the struggle against antisemitism through political initiatives and cooperation with partner organizations.
One of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial's key achievements is the Working Definition of Antisemitism, which was adopted by the IHRA Plenary in May 2016. The Committee also developed the Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, adopted by the IHRA Plenary in October 2013, and composed a memo on spelling of antisemitism in 2015.
The Chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial is Mark Weitzman, from the United States.