Overview of the IHRA’s development and of Germany’s role in the organisation

20.02.2020 - Article


Establishment, at the initiative of Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research by Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Germany and Israel joined the Task Force later that year.

28 January 2000

Adoption of the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which outlines the commitments made by, and serves as guidance for, all member countries.

2000/ 2001

Germany assumes the chairmanship for the first time. The organisation has eleven members.

2001 - 2007

Steady expansion of the organisation, to 25 member countries. Consideration is given to making the Task Force a permanent institution.


Expansion of activities to include education, remembrance and research with regard to the genocide of the Sinti and Roma.

11 March 2008

The Permanent Office opens in Berlin.


The organisation is renamed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

10 October 2013

Under Canadian chairmanship, at the IHRA plenary meeting in Toronto, the working definition of Holocaust denial and distortion is adopted.

26 May 2016

At the initiative of Germany and Romania, the IHRA plenary meeting adopts a working definition of antisemitism.

20 September 2017

An extended version of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is politically endorsed by the Federal Government.

2017 - today

Numerous Länder, municipalities, educational institutions, etc. publicly declare their support for the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism.

17 January 2018

The German Bundestag adopts the motion “Fighting antisemitism resolutely”, which expressly refers to the IHRA definition.

19 January 2020

Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Michelle Müntefering, at the IHRA Ministerial Conference in 2020
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Michelle Müntefering, at the IHRA Ministerial Conference in 2020© c IHRA

Ministers and high-level government representatives from 35 countries, as well as heads of international organisations, adopt the IHRA 2020 Ministerial Declaration.

March 2020 - February 2021

Germany again assumes the IHRA chairmanship, under the leadership of Ambassador Michaela Küchler. IHRA plenary meetings are scheduled for 29 June to 3 July 2020 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and 30 November to 3 December 2020 in Leipzig.

In addition to its mandatory annual contribution of 30,000 euros, Germany is funding the Permanent Office of the IHRA in Berlin with an additional amount of 175,000 euros per year.

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