“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 November, 2017, the acting IHRA Chair, François Wisard, presented the Swiss Chairmanship’s projects and the IHRA’s latest activities to ambassadors of IHRA Member Countries and others on the occasion of a special tour of the exhibition “The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors”. The event was organized by the Gamaraal foundation, headed by Anita Winter, who came up with the concept for the travelling exhibition, which was also displayed the IHRA Plenary in Geneva.
As part of its "Words into Action" program, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is seeking applications from qualified persons and organizations who can develop framework curricula and guidance material for the training of teachers at the primary, secondary, vocational, and school director levels on how to address intolerance and bias (with a particular focus on antisemitism) through education.
The book of visas granted by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux during the Second Wolrd War, has been nominated to join the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register by the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program during their four-day meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 24-27 October.
31 volumes of “Medical Review - Auschwitz” have been made available online by the Cracow Medical Society. The collection comprises all original volumes of writings, selected articles in English, and the 1962 volume in three language versions (German, French and Russian) The State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau is a partner of the project.
The Bulgarian government has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism and has appointed a national coordinator on combatting antisemitism.
From 12-13 October 2017, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) organized a national seminar in Bucharest with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Diplomatic Institute on genocide and mass atrocity prevention. The event was hosted at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest and was attended by 25 participants - public servants drawn from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Justice, Defense, as well as personnel from the Office of the Military Prosecutor, and relevant academic institutes.
The official program guide for the Neuberger Holocaust Education Week 2017 is now available online and in print version. Now in its 37th year, the program is organized by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada and runs from November 2-9.
On 9 October 2017, Romania commemorates the victims of the Holocaust in Romania. The day signifies the beginning of the deportation of Jews to Transnistria in 1941 and each year Romanian institutions organize events dedicated to honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust on this day.
On 25 September the first Stolperstein - a stone to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust - will be laid in the Slovak town of Nitra. This event is organized by the European Forum of Wine Culture, the Slovak Holocaust Museum in Sered, and the NGO Antikomplex under the auspices of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.