The International Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF) is celebrating its 10th anniversary year, and will hold its second annual plenary between December 13-16, 2010 in Haifa.
The State of Israel this year, 2010, holds the Chairmanship of the International Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF). The ITF is an intergovernmental organization and consists of representatives of governments as well as non-governmental organizations. Its purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally. Mr. Dan Tichon, formerly the Speaker of the Knesset, is the current Chair of the ITF.
This year, the Task Force is celebrating its 10th anniversary year, and will hold its second annual plenary between December 13-16, 2010 in Haifa.
Initiated by then Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson in 1998, the Task Force currently has 27 member countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The chairmanship of the ITF is rotated between member states annually.
Members of the Task Force must be committed to the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, and must accept the principles adopted by the Task Force regarding membership. They must also be committed to the implementation of national policies and programs in support of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research. The governments comprising the Task Force agree on the importance of encouraging all archives, both public and private, to make their holdings on the Holocaust more widely accessible. The Task Force also encourages appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance.
Countries wishing to create programs in Holocaust education or to further develop their existing information materials and activities in this area are invited to work together with the Task Force. To this end Liaison Projects can be established between countries and the Task Force for long-term cooperation. Such cooperation is mutually beneficial to all concerned.
The ITF currently has a formal liaison relationship with Finland, Ireland, Serbia, and Slovenia and observer relationship with Portugal, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.
The Task Force has also established specialized committees in regards to Antisemitism and Holocaust denial, the situation of the Roma, memorial sites, information projects, comparative genocide, and special challenges in Holocaust education.
The Chair of the ITF, Mr. Dan Tichon, recently participated in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) conference in Ottawa, Canada, as well as the International Conference on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in Dublin, Ireland.
For more information, please visit the ITF website.