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ITS initiated as permanent international partner of the “International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance” (IHRA)

On the occasion of its plenary meeting in London on 15th May 2014, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) voted for the inclusion of the International Tracing Service (ITS) as permanent international partner. IHRA, founded in 1998 on the initiative of the then Prime Minister of Sweden, Göran Persson, and chaired by the United Kingdom this year, pursues the goal of securing the collective memory and lessons of the Holocaust by means of education, remembrance and research with international political and social support. Currently, the IHRA has 31 member countries, five observer countries and, with the acceptance of the ITS, seven permanent international partners who have committed to launching projects and programs of education, remembrance and research on the basis of the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust.

Delegations of the member and observer states as well as partner organizations meet regularly for exchange and dialogue. Moreover, the international partners participate in the meetings and working groups of the IHRA (e.g. concerned with academic scholarship, museums, memorials and education). With the acceptance into this circle, so far comprising the United Nations, UNESCO, the Jewish Claims Conference, the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights as well as the OSCE/ODIHR, the significance of the ITS as an international center of documentation, information and research on the Holocaust and the victims of National Socialism has been underlined. This new partnership with IHRA is an important step towards increased networking and more cooperation on the part of ITS with other Holocaust-related archives and research institutions, a goal set for the ITS by its International Commission.