“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 memorial center dedicated to Holocaust victims opened in Skopje yesterday. The memorial is a multimedia center with photos, narratives, and video clips showing the life of the Jewish communities in the Balkans and their suffering during World War II.
In a ceremony at the Netherlands embassy in Berlin on Tuesday, 8 March 2011, Israeli Chairman of the ITF Dan Tichon officially handed over the chairmanship to Ambassador Karel P.M. de Beer of the Netherlands.
On 7 March, the Persian version of Claude Lanzmann's SHOAH was broadcast into Iran and the Middle East by satellite television stations.
On 24 March 2011, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands, in conjunction with the Ständige Konferenz der Leiter der NS-Gedenkorte im Berliner Raum, will be holding a conference entitled "Erbe des Zweiten Weltkriegs" ("Legacy of the Second World War") in Berlin.
Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno has announced plans to construct Italy's first Holocaust museum, to be built in Rome as the focal point in the 10-year "Stati Generali" plan for major projects in the city. The museum will be built in the central area of Villa Torlonia and will lie adjacent to both Benito Mussolini's villa and the 2,000 year old Jewish catacombs. The catacombs, now closed, will be restored and open for visits as well.
In June 2010, the Plenary agreed with the prposal of the ITF's Memorials and Museums Working Group (MMWG) to support the initiative of the MMWG to compile a report on the issue of the mass graves and killing sites in the eastern part of Europe. Compiled by Dr.
The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) of Great Britain is delighted to announce that they have made the entire back catalogue of their monthly AJR Journal, stretching back to the first edition in January 1946, available on its website at www.ajr.org.uk/pdfjournals.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated worldwide on 27 January in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. On 27 January 1945, the advancing Red Army entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex, liberating more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were for the most part ill or dying. Days earlier, the SS had forced nearly 60,000 prisoners to evacuate the camp and embark on the infamous 'Death Marches,' in which many thousands lost their lives.
Earlier today, Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, led a delegation of heads and representatives of UN agencies to Yad Vashem to commemorate the International Day of Commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
This week the ITF is participating in the International Training Team Project in Portugal, Slovenia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The International Training Team Project is a special initiative of the Israeli Chairmanship that funds teams of ITF experts to travel to three ITF-affiliated countries.