Council of Europe represented by Deputy Secretary General at 75th anniversary of the liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

27/01/2020 Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland)

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will participate today to the event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Heads of State Delegations from 54 countries and representatives of several International...

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commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August 2019 at noon

European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

02 August 2019 Strasbourg

The Roma commemorate this tragedy on 2 August, the date on which over 3,000 Roma men, women and children were exterminated in gas chamber V of the "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. The extermination of Roma during the Second World War is by far the greatest tragedy in Roma...

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Queer in Europe during the second World War


At the height of the Second World War, Switzerland decriminalised homosexuality. At the same time, France chose to introduce a law punishing homosexual relationships in certain circumstances. These two examples illustrate contradictory attitudes adopted by European states towards homosexuals...

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National Remembrance ceremony

09/08/2018 Natzwiller

To pay tribute to the prisoners of the Struthof camp, the torchlight vigil is a tradition. The last survivors had taken the lead in the procession. They are today non-elderly. Like 93-year-old Henri Mausson, who arrived at the camp on 20 November 1943: "There was less than 20 ° and fifty...

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Council of Europe honours Roma victims of the Holocaust: “acknowledge the past and improve Roma rights today”

Council of Europe 2 August 2018 Strasbourg

Today in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe held a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. This year marks the 74th anniversary of 2 August, 1944, when all remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – 2,897 men, women and...

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European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day (Pharrajimos)

2 August 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on 2nd August, the date on which over 3,000 Roma men, women and children were exterminated in the evening of 2nd August 1944 in gas chamber V of "Zigeunerlager BIII" at Auschwitz – Birkenau. The genocide on Roma during the Second World War is by far the...

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For tomorrow places of remembrance

April 2018 Milano, Italy

In co-operation with the Washington US Holocaust Memorial museum and the “Memorial de la Shoah” from Milan, the Council of Europe organised a working group on the role and space for “remembrance places/ lieux de mémoire” within the transmission of Holocaust remembrance especially through...

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Teaching about the Holocaust

March 2018

Following the training course co-organised with the frameworks of the « Pestalozzi » and the « remembrance of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against humanity» programs, participants developed pedagogical material on “teaching about the holocaust”. This material is avalaible on the web...

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Call for applications - Deadline 18 September 2017

Seminar on « the role of NGO in Remembrance of the Holocaust »

22-28 October 2017 Krakow, Auschwitz- Birkenau (Poland)

In cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Education, the Krakow pedagogical University and the Auschwitz-Birkenau International centre, the Council of Europe, in the frame work of the program “Remembrance of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against Humanity”, co-organise a seminar on the “...

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Cérémonie à l’occasion de la journée internationale de commémoration en mémoire des victimes de l’holocauste

24 January 2017 Strasbourg, France

“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honor those who stood against it. We will encourage appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance, including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance, in our countries” Without memory, no future. From a European institution...

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Seminar on “The remembrance of the Holocaust: educational and pedagogical challenges”

30 October – 2 November 2016 Chisinau, Moldova

A seminar jointly organised by the moldovan ministry of education, the Jewish community of the Republic of Moldova and the Council of Europe has brought together 50 teachers to learn about how "to pass on the remembrance of the Holocaust". Agenda

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International conference “Connecting law & memory”

20 - 22 September 2016 Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen, Belgium

“Connecting Law & Memory” will focus on training courses on human rights for law enforcement by civil servants - based on Holocaust and other genocide studies - with an emphasis on bringing together civil servants, representatives of museums & memorial sites from European countries. The aim of...

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Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust

Wednesday 27 January 2016 Strasbourg

The commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust will take place on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 1.00 PM on the parvis of the Council of Europe. A screening of the documentary of A.Wolf “Irene Sendler” and the testimony of a child saved by her, followed by a discussion...

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Council of Europe marks the commemoration of the Roma genocide during the Second World War

31/07/2015 Strasbourg (France)

On the 31st July 2015, the Council of Europe observed one minute of silence to mark the 71th anniversary and to pay homage to the victims of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War. The Roma nation commemorates this tragedy on August 2–the date when, in 1944, over 3 000...

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Secretary General honours victims of the Natzwiller concentration camp

26/04/2015 Struthof camp (France)

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland joined European leaders at a commemoration ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the only Nazi concentration camp that was located in France. Located in the Vosges Mountains close to the Alsatian village of Natzwiller, the Struthof camp operated...

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Remembering the homosexual victims of the Second World War

27/03/2015 Paris (France)

"We will not forget the suffering of the past. We will work every day to make sure it doesn’t repeat itself in the future", said Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary of the Council of Europe at the opening of a seminar in Paris on 27 March 2015 on Gay and Lesbian lives in Europe during...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

27/01/2015 Strasbourg (France)

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined Poland’s president, Bronislaw Komorowski, and other foreign dignitaries and heads of state, in the official commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau....

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Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

26/01/2015 Strasbourg (France)

At a ceremony organised by the Parlementary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the eve of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on 27 January 1945, Anne Brasseur stressed that...

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Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni on first-ever visit to Israel

07/07/2014 Israel

During her first official visit to Israel from 6 to 9 July, the Deputy Secretary General opened a seminar on Council of Europe conventions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the joint Council of Europe-EU South Programme, the seminar presents Council of Europe conventions in various...

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Colloquy "Bulgaria and Jews during the Holocaust"

27-28/05/2014 Sofia (Bulgaria)

Workshops for Bulgarian French-speaking teachers of the secondary schools were held during two days. Teachers were led to reflect and discuss on several sources to be used in the classroom such as historical research, culture (litterature, movie...), heritage, media and testimonies in order to...

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