Activities of Swiss representations abroad during IHRA chairmanship

Two school students looking at a poster in the exhibition.
Exhibition « The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors » in Geneva, which was subsequently supported and presented by several Swiss representations abroad. © EDA

As part of the Swiss chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Swiss representations abroad have supported numerous activities, participated in various events, organised exhibitions and conferences, and launched various projects related to the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust.

List of Swiss activities abroad in alphabetical order:
Swiss representations Project description Date/period
Athens Organisation of a series of events (round-table discussion, etc.) in Kavala, Greece, in collaboration with Kavala Municipality and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 20–23.10.2017
Bogota Support for the presentation of Yad Vashem's 'Más Allá del Deber' (Beyond the call of duty) exhibition. 31.01.2018
Budapest   Organisation of a conversation between Carl Lutz's adopted daughter and Agnes Heller (a Hungarian philosopher saved by Lutz) and presentation of the book 'Under Swiss Protection'. 22.01.2018
Presentation of the new exhibition by the International Committee of the Red Cross on its activities in Budapest in 1944–45. 23.01–29.03.2018
Berlin   Ceremony marking Switzerland's assumption of the chairmanship of the IHRA and presentation of 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' exhibition. 07.03.2017
Organisation of a series of events: 'The last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' photo exhibition; reading and discussion of the biography of Else Lasker-Schüler with Kerstin Decker and Lea Rosh; concert by the Diplomatic Quartet featuring works by Jewish composers (including Ernest Bloch, a Swiss national who became a naturalised American citizen); screening of 'A Jew Must Die', with director Jacob Berger and film-maker Aude Py. Participation in commemorative events and discussions with Holocaust survivors.  March–December 2017
Buenos Aires
 
Presentation of the Spanish version of the Carl Lutz exhibition, inaugurated in the presence of Lutz's adoptive daughter, and presentation of the exhibition in several Argentinian provinces.  March 2017–March 2018
Participation in the official unveiling of two plaques and a sculpture in memory of Carl Lutz.   
Facebook campaign dedicated to the 'Swiss Righteous Among the Nations'.  
Caracas Support for an 'in memoriam' event at the Anne Frank Foundation. 28.01.2018
Helsinki Participation in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a speech by a member of the Swiss delegation. 25.01.2018
London Screening of the film 'A Jew Must Die' at the UK Jewish Film Festival, followed by a discussion with the film's director, Jacob Berger. 14.11.2017
Luxembourg Support for an international symposium on the work of remembrance, and sponsorship of a concert by Swiss musicians on Holocaust Remembrance Day. January–April 2017
OSCE mission in Vienna Support for a conference in Warsaw on the theme of 'Combating anti-Semitism through youth education' 14.09.2017
Montevideo Presentation of the Carl Lutz exhibition in the presence of Lutz's adoptive daughter.  March 2017
GC New York
 
Presentation of 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' exhibition at the UN. 18.01.2018
Organisation of an event with Rabbi Arthur Schneier at Park East Synagogue in the presence of the IHRA chair and the two authors of the book 'Under Swiss Protection'. 01.02.2018
Presentation of 'Under Swiss Protection' by its authors at Park East Day School and United Nations International School. 31.01.2018
Paris   Organisation of a lunch debate on the Swiss chairmanship of the IHRA in the presence of representatives of major Jewish institutions in France. 22.11.2017
International symposium on the theme of 'Switzerland in the face of the genocide.  New research and perspectives' organised by the Shoah Memorial in cooperation with the Swiss chairmanship of the IHRA. 04.02.2018
Riga Organisation of a public round-table discussion and workshop with experts and professors on the theme of 'Holocaust Education Three Generations Later: Challenges and Opportunities'. 29.01.2018
Rome   Presentation of the book 'Storia degli ebrei di Roma' (History of the Jews of Rome) by its author, Ricardo Calimani, Swiss honorary consul in Venice. 05.04.2017
Support for a project launched by Italy's IHRA chairmanship marking the 80th anniversary of the fascists' promulgation of racial laws.   May 2018
Santiago de Chile   Support for the presentation of Yad Vashem's 'Más Allá del Deber' exhibition. January–February 2018
Presentation of the Spanish version of an exhibition on Carl Lutz. April 2018
San José Participation by the Swiss embassy in an exhibition organised by the Israeli embassy entitled 'Diplomáticos reconocidos como Justos ante las Naciones' (Diplomats recognised as Just Among the Nations). 29.01.18
Singapore Presentation of 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors'  exhibition to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and screening of six films on this topic. 20.01.2018
Tel Aviv

 
Screening of the film 'A Jew Must Die' at the Museum of the Jewish People, in the presence of director Jacob Berger.  March 2017
Participation in the inauguration of 'Paul Grüninger Street' in the presence of Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann.  October 2017
Participation in the inauguration of a scenic outlook dedicated to the memory of Carl Lutz in the Switzerland Forest near Tiberias.  November 2017
Presentation of 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' exhibition in collaboration with the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust and Tel Aviv University. April/May 2018
Washington


 
Organisation of a series of three lectures on Holocaust remembrance:  
- 'The Future of Holocaust Remembrance in the United States, Switzerland and Beyond' in partnership with the Judaic Studies Programme at George Washington University  November 2017
- 'Holocaust Education, Youth and Social Media' in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League.  December 2017
- 'Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century' in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace.  January 2018
Presentation of 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' exhibition at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA, and the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC. February 2018–April 2018