International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On 27 January every year we commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Through 'remembrance, education and research' of the Holocaust and this dark chapter of Europe's history the European Union is committed to preserving the memory of the Holocaust so that it never repeats itself and to fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism today.
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) is a research initiative funded by the European Union which together with partners in Israel, an ETF partner country, and the United States of America brings together research sources related to the Holocaust to ensure its memory is kept alive for future generations. It also represents a trusted source of research and information for 'remembrance, research and education about the Holocaust (Shoah)' and supports the upcoming EU strategy for Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life and the newly adopted EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy (2020-2024). Its significance is hugely important for the world at a time when we have witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic an escalation in misinformation, hate speech against minorities, and conspiracy theorists denying and deligitimising history.
On February 1st, EHRI will join the EU Affairs team of B'nai B'rith International in a high-level online event to mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, with video addresses from Ursula Von Der Leyen (President of European Commission); Audrey Azoulay (Director-General of UNESCO); Marija Pejčinović Burić (Secretary General of Council of Europe); Matteo Mecacci (Director of OSCE/ODIHR) and H.E. AMB. Michaela Küchler (Chair of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance). More information can be found here.