27 January - Holocaust rememberence day

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 in Sweden

There has been a significant growing widespread awareness of the commemoration of January 27th in Sweden, the Holocaust Memorial Day. The Living History Forum is explicitly tasked by the Swedish government to spread awareness about this day and the Forum has since 2003 consistently and purposefully worked to inform about and support the commemoration of this day of remembrance.
Every year the Forum produces material on a specific theme connected to the memory of the Holocaust. This year, 2016, the theme is the T4 program and its connection with the Holocaust. It deals with the politics in Nazi Germany concerning individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health”. The exhibition is printable, available from our website and marketed towards Swedish public libraries and schools.

All over Sweden different kind of ceremonies and programs are taking place, in communities, schools, by organizations and in churches. The Living History Forum compiles a digital calendar where people can find out where and how they can participate in the commemoration.

In Stockholm the Forum is in charge of a ceremony held at Raoul Wallenberg’s Square in the city center of Stockholm. There is candle lightning proceeded by addresses by Holocaust survivors Ms. and Mr. Dina and Jovan Rajs as well as Executive Director of the Living History Forum, Dr. Ingrid Lomfors. There will also be a musical performance before the public is encouraged to light candles.

27 January - Holocaust rememberence day

On 27 January 1945 Auschwitz, perhaps the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres, was liberated. The world was then able to see what 12 years of Nazi rule had created. January 27 has been a national remembrance day in Sweden since 1999 and in 2005 the UN declared that date to be the international day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day honours the victims and the people of the resistance. Remembrance ceremonies, cultural programmes, lectures, seminars, theme days at schools, torchlight processions, public manifestations and evidence from survivors are arranged throughout of Sweden.

The role of The Living History Forum is to inspire and co-ordinate initiatives for 27 january. Every year we suggest suitable school projects that can be carried out in connection with this remembrance day.