“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 19 September, 2017, the Portuguese Ministry of Education, through the Directorate General of Education, and the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim of the MoU is to promote the exchange of information and best practices on the topics of remembrance, education, and research on the Holocaust, between the two institutions and the two countries with the conviction that this cooperation will positively contribute to the education of future generations.
On 20 September, the German Government endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism during its cabinet meeting. The endorsement of the working definition was in line with the recommendations made by an independent group of experts on the topic of antisemitism.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to congratulate delegate Marc van Berkel, a member of the Delegation of the Netherlands, on successfully defending his Phd. entitled ‘Plotlines of Victimhood. The Holocaust in German and Dutch History Textbooks, 1960-2010’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
On 19 September, 2017, a commemoration event will take place at Klooga former concentration camp site at the initiative of the Estonian delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Estonian Jewish Community. Mr. Eiki Nestor, President of Riigikogu (the Estonian Parliament) will deliver the keynote speech and students from the Keila School as well as from the Tallinn Jewish School will participate and will have an opportunity to tour the permanent open-air exhibition erected at the site by the Estonian History Museum.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and Post Doctoral candidates conducting research on the Holocaust.
The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world.
From 30 August to 1 September forty history teachers from Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia participated in the joint educational seminar entitled “The Holocaust as a starting point: comparing and sharing” held in Skopje. The main goal of the seminar was the promotion of academic approaches to studying history, in particularly on Holocaust-related topics.
On 27 August, Frank Harding, Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees, unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour Sir Rudolf Bing, the founding Edinburgh International Festival Director. The plaque honouring Bing’s contribution to Edinburgh and UK’s cultural landscape was unveiled at The Hub, home of the International Festival, with Lord Provost Frank Ross and the Austrian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Martin Eichtinger, in attendance.
On 9 September, 2017, Slovakia commemorates the "Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and of Racial Violence". Established in 2000, the day marks the date in 1941 when the Slovak government issued a decree on the legal status of Jews, the so-called the Jewish Codex. The Codex led to deportations which resulted in the murder of over 70,000 Slovak Jews.
On 13 September, 2017, delegate Jennifer Ciardelli introduced the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to the members of the UNESCO Latin American Network on Education about the Holocaust at a focal point meeting held in Buenos Aires via video link. UNESCO is one of the IHRA’s seven permanent international partner organizations.
IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, has issued the following statement: "The 'Unite the Right' rally which took place in Charlottesville last week, in which counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered, not only leaves a stain on America but is also a timely reminder of the perpetual need to combat the twisted ideology of the far-right everywhere it appears.