Photo: Government offices

Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will host the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 26-27 October 2020 in Malmö, Sweden.

The Forum will take place 75 years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year also marks 20 years since the first Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust was held, and the establishment of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

  • National initiative to increase knowledge about the Holocaust and antisemitism

    Primeminister Stefan Löfven and Anna Ekström, Minister for Education
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, visiting the exibition Speaking Memories at the Swedish History Museum. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    In connection with the Government’s International Forum for Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, the Government is allocating SEK 10 million to a national initiative to increase knowledge in schools and society.

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State Secretary Kristina Persdotter with representatives of civil society organisations.
State Secretary Kristina Persdotter with representatives of civil society organisations. Photo: Government Offices

Hearing with representatives of civil society organisations

The 26 February State Secretary Kristina Persdotter hosted a hearing for representatives of civil society organisations.

Meeting with Ambassadors.
Meeting with Ambassadors representing the countries that have been invited to the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism. Photo: Government offices

Meeting with Ambassadors

The 10 February 2020 Ms. Karin Wallensteen, State Secretary to the Prime Minister, and Ms. Kristina Persdotter, State Secretary to the Minister for Education, hosted a second meeting for Ambassadors representing the countries that have been invited to the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

Minister for Education Anna Ekström
Minister for Education Anna Ekström at a memorial service arranged by the Jewish Community of Malmö in the Synagogue of Malmö. Photo: Government Offices

Several Ministers participated in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January

On Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 several representatives from the Swedish Government participated in memorial services to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The programme

  • The programme

    Using an interactive approach and with a firm historical basis, the programme will focus on the three main themes: 1. Holocaust remembrance, 2. Holocaust education and 3. Antisemitism on social media platforms.

  • Holocaust remembrance

    Today few survivors can still bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. We must reflect on the consequences of the diminishing number of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. We have an international obligation to ensure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect on its consequences.

  • Holocaust education

    Education about the Holocaust in our schools, universities and other institutions can promote tolerance and respect, and prevent and combat antisemitism and other forms of racism. Pupils, students, teachers and society as a whole should acquire not only knowledge about history, but also the abilities needed for active citizenship in a democratic society.

  • Antisemitism on social media platforms

    Antisemitism, defamation, propaganda, conspiracy theories and incitement to hatred or violence remain widespread and are often disseminated via social media platforms. There is a need to address the role of social media platforms in this context and – at the same time – improve users’ media literacy.

  1. The programme
  2. Holocaust remembrance
  3. Holocaust education
  4. Antisemitism on social media platforms

About

Background

In May 1998, on the eve of the new millennium, Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of the United States Bill Clinton agreed to set up a Task Force to promote international cooperation on Holocaust education, remembrance and research.

Participants

Participants will include heads of state or government from member and observer countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), EU Member States, the Nordic countries and a small number of other countries and IHRA Permanent International Partners.

Envisaged outcome

The envisioned outcome of the Forum – in addition to reaffirming the Stockholm Declaration and the 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration – is concrete action furthering the work within the themes of the Forum.

Combating antisemitism in Sweden

A range of measures to combat antisemitism and increase security have been implemented and are ongoing. The measures are carried out both by the Government and by government agencies on behalf of the Swedish Government. For example, in connection with the forum, the Government intends to implement a national initiative that will include schools. Some other measures are outlined here.

National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime

National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime The overarching objective of this plan is strategic, effective and coherent work to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime in Sweden.

The city of Malmö

The city of Malmö has extended an invitation to host the Forum. The city and the surrounding region have special historical links to the Holocaust. Jews who fled across the Öresund strait between Denmark and Sweden during World War II came to Malmö.

The venue of the Malmö Forum is set to be Malmömässan.

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