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Holocaust Commemoration and Moral Leadership: Hungary and the IHRA Chairmanship

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) describes itself as an 'intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally. IHRA has taken a leading role in commemorative activity across the world since its founding in 1998. It operates a rotating Chairmanship, which last year was held by Britain and in March passed to the Hungarian government.

In recent years, however, serious concerns have emerged about the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Hungary. This raises the question: is it possible for Hungary to provide the moral leadership in Holocaust commemoration that is demanded by the IHRA Chairmanship?

This event hosted by The Wiener Library, and jointly organised with The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), will provide an opportunity to explore this question in a discussion led by Paul Shapiro, Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, who has previously spoken in some depth on the subject of Holocaust commemoration and the politics of memory in Hungary.

Following the keynote from Paul Shapiro, the discussion will be opened up first to a panel of commentators - including András Juhász (Political Affairs Counsellor, Embassy of Hungary, London), Susan Pollack (survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen, born in Felsögöd, Hungary), Michael Newman (CEO of the AJR) and Ben Barkow (Director of The Wiener Library). Thereafter the audience will be brought in for questions and further discussion.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but booking is essential as space is limited.

To book click here and follow the links

Agnes Hirschi to address AJR members

We are delighted to announce that Agnes Hirschi, the adopted daughter of Carl Lutz, the Swiss diplomat who rescued Jews from Hungary, will be our guest speaker at the Scotland regional on Wednesday 17 June.

The title of Agnes’ talk is “Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz on dangerous missions” and we are honoured that she is travelling from Switzerland to be with us.

For more details about the meeting please contact our Scotland regional coordinator Agnes Isaacs on

Special visit to Scotland

Please join us for a special trip to Scotland from 17th – 21st May 2015.

Accompanied travel by train from London to Glasgow, plus four nights’ accommodation in Glasgow. We will also help arrange travel from other parts of England to Glasgow.

Highlights of this trip will include a day in Edinburgh with a visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia and the new Parliament building. Our days in Glasgow will include Kelvingrove Museum; guided tour of Pollok House; a visit to a whisky distillery; boat trip on Loch Lomond; visit to Luss Conservation Village; Keeble Palace; The Burrell Collection; The Botanical Gardens and many other Scottish delights.

All meals and travel will be included but places are limited.

If you are interested please call Susan Harrod at Head Office on 020 8385 3070 to receive full details and an application form or email