“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
A special exhibition in honour of Scottish missionary Jane Haining was opened in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. Miss Haining, who grew up near Dumfries, served as Matron at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest during the 1930s and 1940s. Against advice from Church of Scotland officials, Miss Haining remained in Budapest during the Holocaust. Arrested in 1944 and charged with working with Jews, Miss Haining was taken to the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland where she died aged 47.
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.
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.
The educational project, "Young Muslims in Auschwitz", run by "Offene Jugendarbeit" in Duisburg, Germany, seeks to engage German Muslim teens in dialogue about history, antisemitism, and stereotypes through a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum.
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.
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 14 September 2017, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organized a side-event entitled Combatting Antisemitism through education, in Vienna in cooperation with the Permanent Representations of Romania, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States. The event was held in the margins of the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, the largest annual human rights meeting traditionally hosted by the OSCE in Warsaw.