The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG/FCSI), the country’s EJC affiliate, supports a national Holocaust memorial in Switzerland.
Currently, there is no official memorial to the victims of Nazism in Switzerland. SIG to establish an official place of remembrance and mediation, the concept of which will be submitted to the Federal Council this spring.
On their website, SIG said : “Millions of people were victims of the crimes of National Socialism at the Swiss border. Switzerland itself was not spared. A central place of remembrance and mediation is missing. Together with representatives of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, the Jewish-Christian Working Group, the Swiss Archives of Contemporary History and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel, the SIG has been working for more than two years on a concept for a national memorial, which will be submitted to the Federal Council this spring.”
The monument is part of Switzerland’s commitment to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2004. A membership which, in the name of the future, should lead the country to question its past. The people behind the monument project want it to be erected in Bern, the capital of Switzerland.
The project for an official memorial has already received the support of some 200 individuals and organizations from civil society, business and politics.