European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
General Info

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (prospective)

Herengracht 380, 1016 CJ Amsterdam

legal status



physical, virtual

The vision of EHRI is to secure seamless access to all sources and expertise from across Europe and beyond that are relevant to the study of the Holocaust. EHRI thereby highlights the relevance of Holocaust research for free and open societies with shared democratic values. EHRI approaches this vision by overcoming the geographical fragmentation of sources and expertise and by setting standards for excellence in transnational Holocaust research, documentation, education and remembrance. It continually develops and maintains a distributed, digital and human infrastructure that provides virtual and in-person access to resources and services to a diverse community of researchers from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, heritage professionals and archivists. Through its comprehensive service offer, EHRI enables scientific excellence by providing access to highly interlinked information about dispersed Holocaust sources, by supporting mobility of expertise, knowledge, methodologies and practices across geographical and disciplinary boundaries and by accelerating the digital transformation of Holocaust research and archiving. Its online and in-person training programme increases professional exchange and equips the next generation of practitioners with the skills they need to excel in the digital world. EHRI further optimises data use by promoting open, inter-operable and replicable standards and methods to ensure maximal accessibility, trustworthiness and visibility of Holocaust sources and research. Finally, EHRI integrates the most important research and archival facilities in Europe and Israel, and it seeks to increase collaboration in the domain on a global scale through a range of robust cooperation agreements with the most important international players. EHRI’s main user groups are Holocaust researchers, archivists and other heritage professionals. Holocaust research is an inherently inter-disciplinary endeavour that is approach from perspectives from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. EHRI further maintains a constant dialogues with other disciplinary fields concerned with mass violence, the systematic discrimination of non-Jewish victim groups, underlying ideologies, and political, cultural, legal and social responses. This includes research on non-Jewish victims of Nazi crimes, antisemitism research, war and conflict studies, genocide studies, postcolonial studies, memory studies, refugee and migration studies, Jewish studies as well as research on international relations, transitional justice and human rights. In addition to providing comprehensive research services, EHRI also pursues a social mission. Through its dissemination and outreach activities, it plays a vital role in the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion, racism and antisemitism, and advances Holocaust-related public policy agendas through the provision of infrastructural support and scientific expertise.
Total Investment 15 M€ Design 15 M€ Preparation 4 M€ Implementation 2 M€ Operation 2,6 M€/year Project 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 RM06 RM08 RM10 RM16 RM18 RM21 LA24
Roadmap Entry
as project: 2018
Total investment
15 M€
Design Phase
15 M€
Preparation Phase
4 M€
Implementation Phase
2 M€
Operation start
2,6 M€/year
EHRI has been integrating the Holocaust research and documentation domain since 2010 in the context of three EC-funded projects: EHRI-1 (2010-2015), EHRI-2 (2015-2019) and EHRI-3 (2020-2025). Currently, it is establishing itself as a permanent, distributed ERIC. A step-1 ERIC application was submitted by the Netherlands in July 2023 on behalf of 11 prospective founding member countries. It is expected that EHRI-ERIC will be launched in January 2025, on the occasion of the 50th-anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Once established, EHRI-ERIC will deliver substantive impacts. Scientifically, it will generate high-quality knowledge in Holocaust studies and tangential disciplines that define the state-of-the art globally and nurtures new centres of excellence nationally; implement new methodologies to drive innovation; train the next generation of practitioners; and promote open access to large sets of data. Socially, it will safe-guard an important shared European heritage; ensure that a comprehensive understanding of the Holocaust continues to be relevant to today’s and future generations; and contribute to pressing contemporary policy areas such as combatting Holocaust denial and antisemitism and promoting Holocaust education and remembrance. Economically, EHRI will promote innovation in archival practice by facilitating knowledge exchange; offer employment opportunities through staff exchanges and training that equip participants with the skills needed to succeed both within the domain as well as in the creative and digital culture sector; and contribute to the economic resilience of local national Holocaust archives, museum and memory institutions through knowledge transfer across national borders and from smaller to larger institutions.
EHRI has developed a range of online and in-person services to implement its mission. The EHRI Virtual Observatory is an expanding integrated online platform that provides free, online access to (i) information about dispersed collection holding institutions and their collections via the EHRI Online Portal; (ii) scholarly digital editions of Holocaust sources via the EHRI Edition Platform; (iii) visualisation, enhancement and contextualisation of Holocaust sources via the EHRI Document Blog; (iv) self-study and guided training on Holocaust sources and their interpretation via the EHRI Online Training Course and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “It Must All Be Recorded Without a Single Fact Left Out”; (v) data about Holocaust-related places and data via the EHRI Geospatial Repository; and (vi) a series of tutorials on how to use digital tools and methods in Holocaust research via the EHRI Digital Tool Guide. The Conny Kristel Fellowship Programme is a competitive scheme that provides researchers, collection specialists and other users trans-national in-person access to the sources and expertise available at the most important Holocaust-relevant collection holding institutions in Europe, Israel and the United States. Trans-national training seminars and methodological workshops offer extensive training and networking opportunities to researchers, collections specialists and other users at different career stages and facilitate the exploration of innovative digital methodologies.
D I G I T E N E E N V H & F P S E
EHRI shares commonalities with other European research infrastructures that transnationally integrate humanities research such as DARIAH-ERIC (digital humanities), CLARIN-ERIC (language resources), E-RIHS (heritage science), Resilience (Religious Studies), and OPERAS (Scholarly Communication). EHRI has a track-record of cooperating with such infrastructures, and participates in the Governing Board of the SSH Open Cluster to enhance mutual interaction, build upon and expand existing synergies and expertise, and support sharing of know-how in all areas of common interest across the Social Sciences and Humanities. For EHRI, particular areas of strategic interest include: developing and mainstreaming digital methods for humanities research; accessing, processing and analysing multi-lingual cultural content; and preserving and accessing tangible cultural heritage. EHRI actively develops joint work with related RIs at both national and European levels, and implements joint activities through both ad-hoc exchanges and events as well as structural clustering activities and projects.