“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 23 November 2017 Co-Heads of the Austrian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Hannah Lessing and Michael Baier, and Chair of the IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma, Martina Maschke, introduced the IHRA to participants at the 16th seminar of the teacher training institution "erinnern.at" in Krems/Lower Austria. The focus of the seminar was criminal law enforcement in Nazi Germany, war crimes and the prevention of human rights violation against detainees.
2 June, 2017, Vienna - In the context of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and the Austrian Federal Chancellery organized a dialogue-platform on the topic of remembrance of the Roma genocide on 2 June 2017 in Vienna.
From 25 – 27 May, 2017, an International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Expert Meeting entitled “50 Years of Roma Genocide Research” was organized by the Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance in Vienna /Austria and its director, Dr. Gerhard Baumgartner.
On 25 April 2017 the Austrian Government adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
On 26 January the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, will address the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On 3 December 2017, upon invitation of the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Head of the Austrian Delegation to the IHRA, Ambassador Michael Baier, participated in the Seminar’s Session 564 “Learning from the Past: Promoting Pluralism and Countering Extremism” where he introduced the IHRA and its outreach to non-IHRA countries.
The European Jewish Congress’ Security and Crisis Center (SACC) opened its first office in Vienna with the attendance of over 70 security experts from 28 Jewish communities in Europe.
IHRA delegate Martina Maschke has been awarded the highest decoration of the Federation of Austrian Jewish Communities for her engagement and success in developing and advancing Holocaust education in Austria.