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Appointment of first UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues 9 June 2010

UK Government Appoints First United Kingdom Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

The British Foreign Secretary announced on Wednesday 9 June 2010 the appointment of Sir Andrew Burns to the new post of United Kingdom Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues.

Sir Andrew, a former UK Ambassador, is responsible for creating a strategic approach to the UK government’s efforts on a number of post-Holocaust issues.  The Envoy’s remit includes art and real estate restitution, the implementation of the Terezin Declaration, ensuring the accessibility and preservation of the International Tracing Service archive at Bad Arolsen, and Holocaust education, remembrance and research.  The Envoy is responsible for developing and implementing UK government policy in these fields, assisted and guided by expert stakeholders, and will report to the UK’s Foreign Secretary. 

In creating the post, the UK government was guided by and worked closely with the Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) and the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR). 

To read the Government press release, click here.  To read the joint CLAE and AJR press release, click here

To read the Foreign Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament, click here.