Michaela Küchler currently serves as the Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organisations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Sinti and Roma Affairs, and Holocaust Remembrance. Her portfolio includes a wide range of issues, including cooperation with international organisations such as the OSCE/ODIHR, UNESCO, the EU, as well as with Israel and France, in the fight against antisemitism; dialogue with Jewish organisations in Germany, the United States and Central and Eastern Europe; and the promotion of Holocaust remembrance projects as well as projects to commemorate the genocide of the Sinti and Roma. As chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance her work in particular addresses the denial, distortion and diminishing of the Holocaust.
Tasks and responsibilities of the Special Representative
A very special responsibility arises from Germany’s history. This, too, is why Federal Minister Heiko Maas gives such high priority to fighting antisemitism and promoting Holocaust remembrance. His motto is “The future needs remembrance”. Since assuming office on 14 March 2018, he has visited, among others, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the former concentration camp at Auschwitz. Talks with Jewish organisations and civil society institutions in Germany regularly feature on his agenda.
Since 2006, the Federal Foreign Office has had a Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organisations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Sinti and Roma Affairs, and Holocaust Remembrance. Ambassador Michaela Küchler took up this position in August 2018.
The main focus of Ambassador Küchler’s work is on international cooperation. For this, she works closely with international organisations such as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union, as well as bilaterally with partner countries and NGOs, especially in Europe, North and South America and Israel.
One focus of the Special Representative’s work is promoting Holocaust remembrance projects, as well as projects that help combat antisemitism and antigypsyism. Currently, the Federal Foreign Office sponsors some 70 projects in this sphere. These include Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, various memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, the Protecting Memory and Network of Remembrance projects, the organisation Yahad in Unum, the Leo Baeck Institute branches in New York and Jerusalem and the Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism.