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The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

The vision of the IHRA is a World that remembers the Holocaust. A World without Genocide.

Its mission: uniting governments and experts, to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, remembrance, and research worldwide and to uphold the commitments of the 2000 Stockholm Declaration.

Estonia's cooperation with IHRA (then ITF) started in 2002, when Estonia applied to participate in the organization’s liaison projects. In 2005, a formal liaison relationship with IHRA was established.

Estonia became a full member of IHRA in December 2007, and has been an active member of the organization since then. Estonia has appointed representatives to all IHRA working groups. The Estonian delegation to IHRA consists of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture, and the Council of the Jewish Community of Estonia. In the Academic Working Group, Estonia is represented by distinguished researchers of the World War II period in Estonia. A short information about the Holocaust in the occupied Estonia in 1941-1944 can be found here (490.19 KB, PDF).

In 2016, Estonia presented its country report (PDF) (PDF) on the activities related to Holocaust remembrance, education and research during the last five years.  

One of the latest IHRA achievements has been the unanimous adoption of the working definition of antisemitism.

Considering the definition a useful guidance tool in education and training, including for law enforcement authorities in their efforts to identify and investigate antisemitic attacks more efficiently and effectively,   the Council of the European Union declaration on the fight against antisemitism of Dec 6, 2018, calls on member states to endorse this definition. After the Estonian authorities have discussed the issue, all relevant officials are prepared and ready to use the definition as appropriate.


Last updated: 8 April 2019

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