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Conference One:
Education, Remembrance and Research on the Holocaust

26 January - 28 January, 2000

Representatives of 46 nations took part in the first conference in 2000, organised with the aim of encouraging education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust. It became an international manifestation of the importance of not forgetting - and of learning from - the history of the Holocaust.

In many respects, the first conference was a very unusual international, inter-governmental conference. During the 50 years since the Holocaust took place, interest in research and learning about this historical event which had the utmost impact on Europe and large parts of the world had, strictly speaking, been an area that attracted relatively few people. Over the past few years, however, there had been a shift to a completely new attitude. The formation of the Task Force network of states was one manifestation of this. In Sweden, the Living History information project had stimulated the emergence of activities at all levels in Swedish society.

Professor Yehuda Bauer from the International Centre for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, and a range of academics representing several institutions around the world acted as advisors to the conference's planning committee. The conference adopted a Declaration now known as The Stockholm Declaration, which has come to be regarded as a milestone in international support for combating racism, antisemitism, ethnic hatred and ignorance of history. The invitation to the conference was accepted by a large number of Heads of State and Government. The first Stockholm Forum was a greater success than anyone had dared hope, so that when Elie Wiesel, who was the honorary chairman of the conference, proposed at the end of the meeting that there should be a follow-up, Prime Minister Persson decided to develop the idea.

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