14:00 – 16:00
With the EHRI Launch event we mark the start of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. In this project twentyinstitutions join forces and transform the dispersed data available for Holocaust research around Europe and elsewhere into a cohesive corpus of resources. By integrating key collections EHRI will enable historiographical progress and collaborative research in this important area of Europe’s and the world’s history.
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure:
Researching the Holocaust and keeping the memory alive!
16 November 2010, Brussels
This year the world commemorates the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp, which has become the symbol of the Holocaust and the destruction of European Jewry. Future generations must know and acknowledge the European tragedy of the Holocaust, which led to the killing of over six million Jews. That was also the plea of the world leaders who gathered to the ceremonies, which took place on 27 January 2010 in Poland.
To answer to this plea, international historical research into the Holocaust and its impact as a European phenomenon must be continued. For this reason twenty institutions have decided to join forces. Together they will transform the dispersed data available for Holocaust research around Europe and elsewhere into a cohesive corpus of resources. By integrating key collections EHRI will enable historiographical progress and collaborative research in this important area of Europe’s and the world’s history.
The project will also stimulate and facilitate research into relatively unknown aspects of the Holocaust. This entails special attention for Eastern Europe: the Nazi persecution was a European-wide phenomenon and the vast majority of Holocaust victims lived in Eastern Europe.
Special attention will be paid to education and outreach by ensuring the online availability and maximum open access to Holocaust material for the larger public. As such, the project will make an essential contribution to the ability of (non-governmental) organizations, teachers and individual citizens to make new generations aware of what happened.
This project which is financially supported by the EU will be formally launched in the presence of Ministers and representatives of the relevant communities in Brussels on Tuesday 16 November 2010.
Project acronym: EHRI
EU financial contribution: €7 million
Funding scheme: Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3)
Duration: 48 months
Coordinator: NIOD. Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, dr Conny Kristel
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