In accordance with the Stockholm Declaration, by which the member countries undertook to share a commitment to encourage Holocaust research in all its dimensions and to promote education and training about the Holocaust in schools, universities and communities, the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia has issued a recommendation to the academic community to adopt the IHRA working definitions.
Following this recommendation, on January 26, 2023, the Senate of the University of Split unanimously adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, while the Senate of the University of Rijeka adopted a conclusion endorsing the working definitions of antisemitism, Holocaust denial and distortion, as well as the working definition of antigypsyism/anti-Roma discrimination. Furthermore, the IHRA Recommendations for Recognizing and Countering Holocaust Distortion were published on the University’s website, as well as on the websites of the Academy of Applied Arts and the Faculty of Physics.
At its session held on March 21, 2023, the Senate of the University of Zagreb adopted all three the IHRA working definitions, and issued a recommendation to its constituents to adopt and implement the definitions in their work. The adoption of the definitions is a continuation of the University’s efforts in scientific research and teaching, as well as promoting Jewish and Roma culture and history, and preventing and combating discrimination and antisemitism.
With these endorsements, the three Universities pay tribute and recognition to the Jewish community and its immeasurable contribution to the development of these institutions throughout history, and thus to the development of national cultural identity, as well as to Croatian sciences, arts and higher education overall.
The rest of the Universities are expected to adopt the IHRA’s definitions at the upcoming Senate sessions.

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