The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
Transnational Holocaust research, commemoration and education is the mission of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), and its main challenge is the wide dispersal of sources and expertise across many institutions. EHRI overcomes such fragmentation by connecting sources, institutions and people. The EHRI Portal enables online access to information about Holocaust sources, no matter where they are located. The Conny Kristel Fellowship gives researchers access to the resources of the world’s twenty leading Holocaust archives. EHRI’s extensive programme of networking and training brings people together. Last but not least, EHRI promotes innovative tools that advance the digital transformation of Holocaust research.
Although EHRI’s primary impact is scientific, it also advances a wider social and political agenda. The recent rise of antisemitism, xenophobia and aggressive nationalisms demonstrate that Holocaust research is never a purely academic concern, but a prerequisite for open and non-discriminatory societies across Europe and beyond.
EHRI is currently supported by two project consortia consisting of 27 partners from across Europe, Israel and the United States.
The EHRI-3 project runs from 2020-2024. It deepens the integration of Holocaust archives and research that has been undertaken by EHRI since 2010.
The EHRI Preparatory Phase project (EHRI-PP) runs from 2019-2023. EHRI was added to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in 2018 and is currently transforming itself from a project into a permanent organisation that will help secure the future of transnational Holocaust research, commemoration and education. EHRI will undertake all the necessary legal, financial and strategic work to have this permanent organisation fully operational by January 2025, the 80th-anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.