What We Do

The European Shoah Legacy Institute monitors progress on and advocates for the provisions of the Terezin Declaration.

Signed on June 30, 2009, in Terezin in the Czech Republic by representatives of 47 states, the Terezin Declaration is a historic document for the resolution of post-Holocaust issues. In addition to several non-legally binding provisions for addressing the legacy of the Holocaust (or Shoah), the Declaration recognizes that there still remain “substantial issues to be addressed” in several key areas of concern: the dignity and welfare of Holocaust survivors, the state of immovable property, the restoration of rightful ownership for looted art, stolen Judaica and Jewish cultural property, the establishment of the provenance of Nazi-era looted objects, and Holocaust remembrance.

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Our Vision

We envision a world in which governments fulfill their promises to Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution so that justice is served and injustice is remembered. Towards this aim, we endeavor to foster conversations, and serve as a catalyst for parties already active in the field, helping to identify and develop best practices, guidelines, and plans going forward in the spirit of the Terezin Declaration.

Our Mission

As tasked by the Terezin Declaration, ESLI’s mission is to monitor and advocate for the compliance with the Terezin Declaration and to find systemic solutions leading to the restitution of immovable property; recovery of art; stolen Judaica and Jewish cultural assets; provision of adequate social welfare to Holocaust (Shoah) survivors and other victims of Nazism; and promotion of Holocaust education, research and remembrance on an international level.

In advocating and monitoring these issues, ESLI operates on an international scale, in close affiliation with the European Union, with individual European Union member-countries, and those not part of the EU. The Institute also has a close working relationship with many non-European states, particularly the United States and Israel.