“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
How is the Holocaust taught in schools? How do students make sense of this challenging subject? How are people affected by visits to Holocaust memorial sites?
Empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust that tackles these and other questions has grown rapidly over the past fifteen years, a period marked by the professionalization and expansion of the field. In 2013, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) decided to carry out a study to establish a picture of this emerging field of research. A multilingual expert team mandated to collect and review research in fifteen languages identified nearly 400 studies resulting in more than 600 publications. Three years of work resulted in the book "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders" (March 2017), which carries the field beyond anecdotal reflections and moral arguments.
This systematic review includes research conducted in most IHRA Member Countries as well as several non-member countries. The multilingual focus of the project enables cross-cultural analyses and the transfer of knowledge between various regions and countries. The book’s two parts present the research first by language and then by selected themes. This innovative transnational, trans-lingual study reflects IHRA’s core mission: to shape and advance teaching and learning about the Holocaust worldwide.
The full publication is free and is available as a pdf.
The volume offers a trans-national, comparative perspective on the varied reactions of the neutral countries to the Nazi persecution and murder of the European Jews. It examines the often ambivalent policies of these states towards Jewish refugees as well as towards their own Jewish nationals living in German-occupied countries. By breaking down persistent myths, this volume contributes to a more nuanced understanding of an under-researched chapter of Holocaust history and also considers the challenges and opportunities related to Holocaust education and remembrance in the neutral countries.
3. "Killing Sites- Research and Remembrance", March 2015.
More than 2,000,000 Jews were killed by shooting during the Holocaust at several thousand mass killing sites across Europe. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) aims to raise awareness of
this centrally important aspect of the Holocaust by bringing together organizations and individuals dealing with the subject. This publication is the first relatively comprehensive and up-to-date anthology on the topic that reflects both the research and the fieldwork on the killing sites.
4. The Genocide and Persecution of Roma and Sinti. Bibliography and Historiographical Review by Ilsen About & Anna Abakunova, with over 1400 titles (2016). Following the first attempt to compile a bibliographical summary on this topic by Gabrielle Tyrnauer in 1989, no further summaries on the topic have been carried out. The goal of the bibliography is to provide an overview of all published materials which present or analyse primary sources, or provide interpretative perspectives on material related to the genocide of the Roma.
5. Roma Genocide: Overview of International Organisations working on historical and contemporary issuesconnected to the genocide of the Roma (2016). The overview of organisations is aimed at people involved in making the history of the genocide of the Roma better known. The organisations are divided into three section; international governmental organisations, international civil society organisations, museums and memorial sites with a special focus on the genocide of the Roma.
6. On 27 January 2015, IHRA marked 15 years since the drafting of the Stockholm Declaration. To mark the occasion, IHRA published a commemorative borchure to look back on 15 years of its existence, highlighting the organization's achievements and milestones.