Press release from Prime Minister's Office

Malmö to host conference on combating antisemitism and remembrance of the Holocaust

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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced today that the Government will hold the conference in Malmö on 27–28 October 2020. The aim of the conference is to counter and combat antisemitism, and pass on the memory of the Holocaust.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the press conference
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced today that the Government will hold the conference in Malmö on 27–28 October 2020. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

The basis of the conference is the Holocaust and its remembrance. It will be a meeting place for experts and decision-makers from all over the world. The Stockholm Declaration, which was adopted at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in 2000 – a conference on education, remembrance and research – is an important source of inspiration for the conference.

“With this conference, we continue our important work to combat antisemitism. Wherever antisemitism exists, and whatever form it takes, it must be exposed and combated. I am pleased that the City of Malmö wants to take on this task together with the Government,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Malmö and Skåne have a special historical link to the Holocaust. Jews who fled across the Öresund strait during the Second World War came to Malmö. This was where Folke Bernadotte’s White Buses of survivors from the concentration camps were received. Many of them stayed in Malmö for the rest of their lives.

In the Statement of Government Policy on 21 January, Mr Löfven stated that Swedish young people would be given the opportunity to visit Holocaust memorial sites in Europe. Work is under way on a new museum to preserve and pass on the memory of the Holocaust.

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