HUM in English

HUM is an abbreviation of the Finnish name of the Finnish Holocaust Remembrance Association, Holokaustin uhrien muisto ry.

The main event of HUM is the annual National Holocaust Commemoration event on/around January 27 in cooperation with the government of Finland. In our 2023 event the key note speaker was H.E. Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs. On November 6th we organize an event remembering the eight Jewish refugees who were deported to the hands of Nazis on Nov. 6, 1942.

The association was founded in 1993 as Yad Vashem Finnish Branch, but the name was changed in 2012 to describe better the mission of the association to the public. We still work together with Yad Vashem and under our wings there is ”Yad Vashem Alumni” for teachers, leaders and civil servants who have participated in Yad Vashem courses in Jerusalem.

The board of directors:

Chairman: Mr. Kimmo Sasi, former Government Minister and Member of Parliament in 1983 – 2015

Vice-chair: Mr. Risto Huvila, Chairman of the Federation of Finland-Israel Associations and Secretary of the Group Against Antisemitism in the Parliament of Finland

Treasurer: Ms. Chana Swanström, A World Jewish Congress Lauder Fellow

Secretary: Mr. Ilkka Virtanen, journalist

Other members: Mr. Markku Haranne, Ms. Kristina Paavela, Ms. Päivi Sillanpää, Ms. Niina Väntänen, Mr. Harry Serlo,  Ms. Miranda Vuolasranta,  Mr. Mikael Zewi, and Mr. Mertsi Ärling.

Please contact hum@hum.fi