In 2004, Romania took an essential step in the process of addressing its national history and dealing openly with its past: The International Committee for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, chaired by Elie Wiesel, established the responsibility for the tragedy of Jews in Romania and the territories administrated by it.
Following the committee’s recommendations, the Elie Wiesel Institute was founded in 2005. Its objectives are to encourage a Holocaust remembrance culture and prevent discrimination, xenophobia, and antisemitism. The research, cultural, and educational projects developed over time, independently or in partnership with national or international organizations, make this possible.
The Research Department conducts projects concerning a broad range of subjects related to the Holocaust in Romania, aiming to deepen knowledge about it.
Researchers can access on-site at the Elie Wiesel Institute the most important and complete archive containing official documents on the Holocaust in Romania, as well as a specialized library with academic literature on the topic.
The remembrance of Holocaust victims, knowledge of the nation’s history, and the promotion of diversity and intercultural dialogue are the main objectives of the educational (training, workshops, seminars, conferences), cultural (exhibitions, film screenings), and commemorative activities developed by the institute.