Major educational project against racism

Holocaust Remembrance Day was 27 January. In cities in Europe and around the world, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau was commemorated. Throughout Sweden, demonstrations and seminars were arranged to commemorate one of the darkest chapters of human history.

At the same time, we must acknowledge that anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance still exist today. There are representatives of Sweden's Riksdag who question whether it is possible to be both a Jew and Swedish. Around Sweden and Europe, the Jewish minority often lives in fear of putting on a yarmulke or in some other way showing their religious affiliation. At the Government's meeting with the Jewish minority, Jewish representatives spoke about parents who choose not to allow their children to take part in Jewish school activities out of fear for their safety.

"We see how racism and intolerance are increasing in society, and the dire consequences this has. For this reason, the Government will carry out a national education campaign, targeted towards pupils in compulsory school and upper secondary school, about different forms of racism and intolerance throughout history and today," says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

This Thursday, the Government will instruct the Living History Forum to carry out an educational project called Detta behöver vi förstå (This we must understand) during the period 2015-2017.

To carry out this task, an additional SEK 5 million will be allocated to the Living History Forum in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the Forum will receive an additional SEK 10 million annually.

"Anti-Semitism spreads hate and fear, and limits people's personal freedom and their opportunities to express their beliefs and their opinions. The fact that it exists in our society today is nothing less than a failure, but also a reminder that we must step up our efforts against racism and intolerance," says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.