“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 29 September 2016 the Mayor of Bucharest, Mrs. Gabriela Firea, announced that the General Council of the Romanian capital had approved the creation of a Holocaust and Jewish History Museum.
The local authorities and the National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania `Elie Wiesel`, had worked together intensely over the last six months in order to identify adequate premises for setting up the museum.
According to the decision that was adopted by the Bucharest General Council, the museum will be under the coordination of the National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania `Elie Wiesel` which will be in charge of the museums's activities – permanent and temporary exhibitions, organization of educational and training activities, etc.
The Mayor of Bucharest stated "I support the creation of a Holocaust and Jewish History Museum as I strongly think that this is the best manner to show to the world that Romanians are aware of their history, including the darkest episodes and that we acknowledge the responsibility to pass on to the next generations our knowledge so that tragedies such as the Holocaust are never to be repeated."
Holocaust education and remembrance are key-priorities of the 2016 mandate of the Romanian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The decision of the Bucharest local authorities to support the creation of the Holocaust and Jewish History Museum represents an acknowledgment of the relevance for the present society of the consequences of Holocaust and how it shaped the last 75 years of European history.