The Netherlands is a relatively small country. Yet the National Committee is convinced there is substantial knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands when it comes to commemorating, celebrating and remembering that comparable institutions in other countries can benefit from. And the same is true the other way around. For that reason, the National Committee wants to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience on an international level. While no grants are provided in connection with this policy, the National Committee does have the means and possibilities to actively stimulate the international network. The most important goal of the National Committee’s international activities is the exchange of knowledge and experience between Dutch professionals and professionals from other countries.
Besides promoting the exchange of knowledge, the National Committee also aims to participate in projects that extend across borders and to initiate and reinforce collaboration between Dutch institutions and institutions abroad. The National Committee is doing that by exchanging information, by organising activities such as symposiums, lectures and debates for both Dutch and foreign professionals and by organising short trips to stimulate exchanges and the building of networks. The National Committee also shares with institutions in other countries its own unique knowledge and experience in the area of remembrance, celebration and education. Through such international cooperation, Dutch and foreign institutions are helping each other form a lasting tradition of remembrance and celebration. The National Committee provides tailored advice in its field of expertise upon request.
On behalf of the Dutch government, the National Committee for 4 and 5 May is a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The purpose of this intergovernmental body is to rally political and social leaders to support the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research, both nationally and internationally. Initiated in 1998 by the then Swedish Prime Minister, Göran Persson, the IHRA has grown to include 31 member states (as of 2013). Countries wishing to create programmes on Holocaust education or to further develop their existing information materials and activities in this area are invited to work together with the IHRA. To this end, Liaison Projects can be established between countries and the IHRA for long-term cooperation. Such cooperation is mutually beneficial to all concerned.
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