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  • 11 October 2013

    Using the expression “Polish camps” has officially been considered as a historical distortion thanks to Poland’s diplomatic efforts. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted a working definition of “Holocaust denial and distortion” at a conference in Toronto.

    During a conference in Toronto on 8-10 October, representatives of 31 countries—historians, teachers, diplomats—agreed that the spread of the phenomenon of Holocaust denial has to be challenged. Thanks to Polish diplomatic efforts, on the last day of the conference, its plenary session concluded that “attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany by putting blame on other nations or ethnic groups” are a form of Holocaust distortion.

     

    The adoption of the new definition is yet another Polish success in the fight against distortion of the history of World War II. At its session in New Zealand in 2007, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to approve Poland’s request to change the name of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to “Auschwitz-Birkenau. German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945).” The UNESCO’s decision was preceded by broad consultations and Poland’s diplomatic campaign.

     

    The IHRA was founded in 2000 after the signing of the so-called Stockholm Declaration. Poland is one of the organisation’s founding members. The purpose of the IHRA is to promote Holocaust education and to monitor research in this field. The organisation meets twice a year.

     

     

     

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