“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
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 seminar is a continuation of the programs that the Romanian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance organized in 2016 on the combatting antisemitism for public servants (police officers) and magistrates. It is envisaged as a program to provide governmental participants with the capacity and the tools to act in situations that may constitute a threat to life. The program is part of Romania's recent effort to combat antisemitism, xenophobia and discrimination and the event benefited from the contribution of longstanding members of the Romanian delegation to the IHRA, such as Adrian Cioflanca who attended as speaker and presented the investigation in the Popricani mass grave. On-site visits were organized to the Memorial of the Holocaust Victims in Bucharest and at the location of the future Museum of Jewish History and of the Holocaust in Romania.
Image: Presentation by Adrian Cioflanca. Credit: Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs