President Klaus Iohannis presented, on Wednesday, at the Forum dedicated to the commemoration of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism, which takes place in Sweden, in Malmo, a series of commitments that Romania “firmly” supports, among which the establishment of an annual national award for Romanian and international personalities who contribute to the education regarding the Holocaust, its research and commemoration, as well as to preventing and combating anti-Semitism.
“We are currently engaged in a comprehensive process of reviewing the Holocaust education programmes for the younger generation. At the same time, we are updating training programmes for schoolmasters, teachers and instructors who teach about the Holocaust. Efforts are also being made to inaugurate the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. The responsible authorities recently selected the consortium that will develop the concept of its permanent exhibitions.The consortium includes companies that contributed to the establishment of some of the most prestigious Holocaust museums and memorials in the world. I am convinced that, with their support, the Museum in Bucharest will become an international benchmark and will contribute to the preservation of the truth and the fight against Holocaust denial. Another important commitment we have made is the establishment of an annual national award for Romanian and international personalities who contribute to Holocaust education, Holocaust research and commemoration, as well as to preventing and combating anti-Semitism,” the president said, according to Agerpres.
The head of state reminded that Romania adopted, in May, its first National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech, as well as the action plan associated with it. He pointed out that the action plan includes 36 concrete projects, structured along the three main pillars of the strategy: protection of vulnerable groups; increasing the resilience of the Romanian society, through cultural and educational programmes, including the promotion of the Jewish life and the consolidation of the international cooperation.
He also mentioned that, since January, the Romanian Government has appointed a Special Representative for the Promotion of Memory Policies, Combating Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia.
According to the head of state, in the context of increasingly intense and complex challenges, it is time to strengthen the commitment to support Holocaust education, research and commemoration, as well as to prevent and combat anti-Semitism.