On March 8, 2016 Romania took over the Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from Hungary, during an official ceremony held at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin.
Romania will hold this this mandate from March 2016 to March 2017. Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, ambassador at large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was designated to act as Romanian Chair during this period.
Taking over IHRA’s Chairmanship reflects Romania’s firm commitment 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 are: 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 support the fundamental goals of the IHRA – Holocaust remembrance, education and research, thus contributing to the core mandate of IHRA’s mission.
For the next year, Romania will seek to support activities on Holocaust remembrance, education and research, raising the awareness of Romanian society, particularly among the younger generations, with respect to this tragic chapter in our national history and taking full responsibility for letting it happen. Additionally Romania will increase the interest of young researchers towards the field of Holocaust studies, pave the way for a consolidate approach to studying the Holocaust at graduate level and consolidating knowledge on this topic within Government institutions.