Estimated Time: ~ 5 minutes to 1 hour

Promote Historically Informed Policymaking

Policy and decision makers are essential partners in raising awareness of Holocaust distortion and advancing better ways to identify and respond to this threat. But where should they start? The IHRA’s comprehensive action plan against Holocaust distortion provides key stakeholders with recommendations on how they can have a major impact.

Doing this activity as a:

Policymaker

Memorial or Museum Professional

Trainer or Educator

Read the IHRA’s Recommendations for Policy and Decision Makers, share them with your colleagues, and refer to them when developing policy, such as national strategies against antisemitism.

Estimated Time: ~ 1 hour

Empower policy and decision makers to counter Holocaust distortion

The IHRA’s Recommendations for Policy and Decision Makers, published with the support of UNESCO, are the product of dialogue and cooperation between international subject matter experts and policymakers. Review the Recommendations and take the first step towards addressing Holocaust distortion.

Estimated Time: ~ 5 minutes

Share the IHRA’s Recommendations on your platforms.

Spread the word about our action plan against Holocaust distortion on social media.

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Engage policy and decision makers to take action against Holocaust distortion.

Each national context is different. Consider the following questions when reaching out to policy and decision makers.

  • Which department or ministry within your country is responsible for issues related to antisemitism and countering Holocaust distortion?
  • Does your country have a special envoy for Holocaust-related issues or antisemitism?
  • Could you also approach stakeholders on a local or state level, such as mayors or local senates?

Share the IHRA’s Recommendations. This outline provides guidance on what to include in an email to policymakers.

Introducing the topic of Holocaust distortion

  • Make the case for why Holocaust distortion in particular is such a threat to the legacy of the Holocaust and our democratic societies.

Who is the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance?

  • Some stakeholders working less directly with the topic of the Holocaust may not be familiar with the IHRA’s work. You can introduce the organization by using language from the IHRA website.
  • Find out if your country is a member of the IHRA and who your country’s Head of Delegation is by consulting the IHRA website.

Providing national context

  • Have you observed any incidents of distortion in your country recently that make the topic of countering distortion particularly timely?
  • Have any incidents of Holocaust distortion been reported on in the news recently?
  • Are the Recommendations available in your national language? Check here.

Expressing the urgency

  • Are there any upcoming national events (national Holocaust remembrance days, conferences, high-level country visits) that could make these Recommendations of particular interest to the stakeholder you are addressing?

Call-to-action

  • What would you like the stakeholder to concretely do with these Recommendations? Some ideas could include:
    • Incorporate the Recommendations in a training program
    • Speak about the importance of countering Holocaust distortion in a high-level address

Follow-up

  • Are there institutions or individuals in your country dealing with the topic of distortion that could provide further guidance or briefings?
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