“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
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) will hold its semiannual Plenary meetings in Berlin, Germany from 11-14 June 2013 under the Canadian Chairmanship.
For four days this week, experts and policymakers from around the world representing 31 member countries, four observer countries, and six permanent observer organizations will meet to discuss the Holocaust as a contemporary political issue. The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning, and IHRA member countries pledge to strengthen their efforts to promote education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust, particularly considering rising trends in antisemitism and Holocaust denial around the world.
IHRA Chair Dr. Mario Silva will meet with IHRA experts and governmental representatives to discuss a number of important issues, including advancement of a multi-year work plan, combating antisemitism and Holocaust denial, and expanding cooperation with permanent observer organizations.
The purpose of IHRA is to bring political and social leaders together to learn from the Holocaust for the benefit of citizens of member countries and the international public. IHRA and the Canadian Chairmanship look forward to further progress and concrete outcomes from the Berlin meetings.