Sweden to lead the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

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Sweden has been entrusted with holding the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) – an intergovernmental organisation to promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance – from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2023. The decision was taken at the IHRA’s digital plenary meeting in Leipzig on 3 December 2020.

“I have promised survivors to do what I can as Prime Minister – and as a human being – for Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism today. I intend to keep that promise. The Presidency of the IHRA, the Malmö Forum and the coming museum about Sweden and the Holocaust are all important parts of these efforts,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

“Even though history has shown us what the ultimate consequences of antisemitism, antiziganism and racism can be, they still exist in all parts of society. Sweden must set an example and do all it can to prevent something similar from happening again. Remembering is also about learning from history,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind.

The IHRA, which Sweden helped found in 2000 through the Stockholm Declaration, consists of 34 member countries and a number of organisations.

One central priority of the Swedish Presidency will be to follow up on the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 13–14 October 2021, which Mr Löfven will host.

Background

In January 2020, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven invited heads of state and government, researchers, experts and civil society organisations from some 50 countries and 20 organisations to take part in the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism. The aim of the Forum is to jointly take concrete steps forward to strengthen Holocaust remembrance and combat antisemitism. The Malmö Forum was meant to be held on 26–27 October 2020, but was postponed until 13–14 October 2021 due to the pandemic.

In his Statement of Government Policy in January 2019, Mr Löfven announced that a new museum would be established in Sweden to preserve and perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust. This issue was examined by Professor Birgitta Svensson, who submitted her report Sveriges museum om Förintelsen (Sweden’s Holocaust Museum) to Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind. The report has been circulated for comment by the Government.