Learn more on January 25 in Brussels
A first-ever report on how individual EU countries currently face their Holocaust pasts will be published to coincide with UN Holocaust Memorial Day. The European Union of Progressive Judaism Brussels office will host a debate on January 25 and invites, free-or charge, all IJC members.
Many European governments are rehabilitating World War II collaborators and war criminals while minimizing their own guilt in the extermination of Jews and Romas. This disturbing trend is not a question of mere historical accuracy. It represents an important test to the founding liberal values of the European Union.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has made Holocaust revisionism a test of member governments’ commitment to the rule of law. With a decreasing number of Holocaust survivors and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise, “we need to foster the memory of the darkest chapter in our history,” Timmermans says.
Researchers from Yale and Grinnell Colleges in the US have travelled throughout Europe preparing reports on the performance of individual E.U. countries in facing up to their historical dark spots. Local representatives from the European Union of Progressive Judaism have checked their work. This initial Holocaust Revisionist Report will be published to coincide with UN Holocaust Memorial Day.
Come learn about which countries are confronting their pasts – and which are rewriting it, and the implications for the European Union. Please reserve your seat at email@example.com.
When: January 25, 10:00-11.30am
Where: Residence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
William Echikson, EUPJ Office Director
Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator against anti-Semitism
Sonja Guentner, Chairwoman, European Union of Progressive Judaism
Sorin Ducaru, former Romanian Ambassador to Washington and Assistant Secretary-General