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On 29 March 2010, the United Nations launched a Twitter campaign for students in memory of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who died in the Holocaust 65 years ago but whose wartime diary has endured to become one of the world's most widely read books and teaching tools.

Roma program at memorial 2010

The persecution of the Roma in France from 1939-1946

Throughout 2010, the Shoah Memorial in Paris, in partnership with the Resource Center for Fnasat-gens du voyage, will be offering a series of cultural events linked to the program "A French Memory, 1939-1946".

Hungarian president Solyom at Yad Vashem

President of Hungary Laszlo Solyom has signed a law making Holocaust denial a crime. Starting in April 2010, denying or trivializing the Holocaust will be punishable by up to three years in prison.

Handover of the ITF Chairmanship by Norway to Israel

In a ceremony at the Norwegian embassy in Berlin on Thurday, 4 March 2010, Ambassador Tom Vraalsen of Norway officially handed over the chairmanship of the ITF to Chairman Dan Tichon of Israel.

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Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, Chairman of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the ITF and the Council of Europe.

Protocol Agreement Signed on Establishment of a Riga Ghetto Museum

On 2nd February 2010 the vice-mayor of Riga, Ainars Shlesers, and Chairman of the Jewish community organization „Shamir", Rabbi Menachem Barkahan, signed a protocol of intentions on the foundation of a Riga Ghetto Museum.

Visas For Freedom Exhibition

The "Visas for Freedom: Spanish diplomats and the Holocaust" exhibition sponsored by Casa Sefarad-Israel and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain,  is to travel to Israel for the first time.

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At a Ministerial Conference held in Auschwitz from 26-28 January, the FRA released the findings of the first ever EU-wide study on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights.

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The Council of Europe, a Permanent Observer of the ITF, marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010 with a commemorative ceremony in the forecourt of the Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg.


On International Holocaust Memorial Day, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) launched an updated edition of its publication Holocaust Memorial Days in the OSCE Region - an overview of governmental practices. This publication contains information of governmental activities on Holocaust remembrance days and the mandates of these days.