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Special event to mark the closure of Romania’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The Embassy of Romania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels organised with the support of Rabbi Marianne van Praag from the Liberal Jewish Community in The Hague, a special event to mark the closure of Romania’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). 

The event consisted of the conference "The Jews from Romania in the European Context: Similarities and Differences" delivered by Professor Andrei Oişteanu from the University of   Bucharest, Department for Jewish Studies, the launching of the book "Inventing the Jew: Antisemitic Stereotypes in Romanian and Other Central-East European Culture" written by Professor Andrei Oişteanu, recipient of the B’nai B’rith Europe Award, and the vernissage of the exhibition "Education and Remembrance. Holocaust in Romania" designed by the Romania’s Chairmanship of IHRA and the National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania „Elie Wiesel”. Traditional Hebrew music was performed by the mezzo-soprano Marcela Obermeister-Shasha.

The Ambassador of Romania highlighted the main priorities and outcomes of Romania’s Chairmanship of IHRA with a special emphasis on the importance of education and raising awareness of the relevance of Holocaust and combating all forms of extremism, intolerance and anti-Semitism.

Romanian Chairmanship 2016

Romania has chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from March 2016 to March 2017. During the IHRA’s Chairmanship, Romania has been commited to acknowledge its own past, to honour the memory of the Holocaust victims and to combat xenophobic and anti-Semitic attitudes.

The Romanian IHRA Chairmanship’s top the priorities have been: cooperating with the media and social media to foster knowledge on the Holocaust, as well as to combat Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, racism, extremism, discrimination and xenophobia; consolidating education in the field of Holocaust studies in member and observer states and promoting academic research into the Holocaust. The three priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship have been supported the fundamental goals of the IHRA – Holocaust remembrance, education and research, thus contributing to the core mandate of IHRA’s mission.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

IHRA currently has 31 member countries, 11 observer countries and 7 Permanent International Partner organisations. IHRA members must be committed to the Stockholm Declaration and to the implementation of national policies and programs in support of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research. Member countries are encouraged to develop multilateral partnerships and to share best practices.  

The main purpose of the IHRA is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally.

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