We, who survived -- Swedish Holocaust survivors share their stories

In a compelling project, Swedish survivors of the Holocaust bear witness to their experiences during World War II and after. For many, this was their first opportunity to share their story.

Catherine Edwards
Catherine Edwards NewsMavens, Sweden
We, who survived -- Swedish Holocaust survivors share their stories - NewsMavens
Frans Goldner. Dagens Nyheter.

Why this story matters:

The project includes written and video testimonies from 97 Swedes who survived the Holocaust.

From the woman who recalls enjoying the breathtaking views from the window even as she was transported by an overcrowded train to the camp, to a survivor who remembers feeling only "jealousy" as she watched her sister die in front of her -- all the testimonies are haunting.

One speaker refers to attacks by anti-Semitic and far-right groups carried out in present-day Europe, saying "history repeats itself", while another has a message for young people today: Be observant.

Details from the story:

  • A new museum dedicated to Holocaust remembrance is set to open in Sweden soon, and the country will also get its first 4 Stolpersteine, small memorial plaques set into the pavement to remember individual victims
  • The participants come from across Europe, including Italy, Hungary and Poland, and most came to Sweden after World War II
  • Initially, the plan was for the project to be a series of portraits, but once he started, photographer Mikael Jansson decided he wanted to interview participants and document their testimonies in multiple ways
  • The collaboration between Dagens Nyheter and Jansson has also led to an exhibition in Stockholm, with free entry until December 16th

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

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