Holocaust Memorial in Stockholm: the Wall

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A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust is engraved on the 42-meter wall leading from the entrance of The Great Synagogue to the Jewish Community office building. It was inaugurated in 1998 by Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, and lists 8500 victims, relatives of Jews residing in Sweden.

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11 thoughts on “Holocaust Memorial in Stockholm: the Wall

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    • Maybe the relatives provided the names.
      The current situation in Sweden is quite complex and similar to that in too many European countries. The Holocaust is not denied by the people in power, quite the contrary, and is part of the school curricula. Yet extreme right parties are getting stronger and vocal islamists use freedom of speech to frighten Jews in some places.
      Here is what I found (and witnessed in Swedish schools) about Sweden and Holocaust education.
      Sweden is considered a pioneer in Holocaust education. In November 1997, the Swedish government introduced a large-scale educational program, called the Living History Project, to educate Swedes about anti-Semitism. For this project, a free book was distributed about the Holocaust to every household in Sweden and minority communities were given the book in their own language. A website devoted to the Holocaust was designed and Uppsala University opened an institute dedicated to the study of the Holocaust and other genocides. Uppsala University also hosted an international conference on Holocaust education, in 1998. In January 2000 Sweden hosted an international gathering to promote awareness of the Holocaust, which was attended by heads of state from numerous countries throughout the world.
      This book was translated into French; we own it.

  2. I find that when the memorial lists the names of the victims it’s much more powerful than otherwise. There is a memorial in Prague which is a house, and the names of the victims are written on the walls in red. It’s very striking, and I can still see it in my mind’s eye. I feel like it reminds us that these were all individual people with their own families and life stories, not just statistics.

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