The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust commemoration and research both on a national and international level. IHRA currently has over thirty member countries, including Greece. The United Nations, UNESCO, Council of Europe and several other international organizations support IHRA as Permanent International Partners. Membership is open to all countries, and members must be committed to the Stockholm Declaration and to the implementation of national policies and programs in support of Holocaust research.
Under the Stockholm Declaration of 1998, member countries of IHRA pledge to strengthen their efforts to promote education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust within the countries that have already made significant steps in this area, but also in countries which wish to join this effort. Members of IHRA share a commitment to encourage the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions and promote education about the Holocaust in national schools and universities, or even within local communities. Moreover, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance wishes to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it via encouraging forms of Holocaust remembrance including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance in member countries.
“Greece, a member of IHRA since 2005, reaffirms its strong commitment to promoting Holocaust education, remembrance and research, and combating antisemitism, racism and prejudice against the Roma and Sinti. The recent terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe underline the need for EU countries, UN members and the international community to remain united and act together to combat antisemitism and any other form of discrimination and xenophobia”, according to the page for the Greek member country.
Greece has made significant effort towards proper commemoration of the Holocaust victims. Under Law 3218 of the Greek Parliament, which was unanimously adopted, 27 January was established as a Remembrance Day for the Holocaust Victims and Heroes. Remembrance ceremonies take place in Athens, organized by the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece and the Prefecture of Athens, and in Thessaloniki organized by the Jewish Community and the Prefecture of Thessaloniki and in other cities.