27 January - Holocaust Rememberence Day

Holocaust Rememberence Day 2021 in Sweden

There has been a significant growing widespread awareness of the commemoration of January 27th in Sweden, the Holocaust Rememberence 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.

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.

Living History Forum also produces a digital, livestreamed commemoration program on January 27th where, among others, Holocaust survival Livia Fränkel and Swedish Prime minister Stefan Löfven are participating. 

Every year the Forum produces a printable mini-exhibiton on a specific theme connected to the memory of the Holocaust. This year the theme is The Courage to Care with stories and images of people who saved lives during the Holocaust.

This year three different webbinariums will be held with our international guest Professor Carol Rittner 

January 25th: Rape - a cheap weapon of war with long-term effects. Sign up here.January 26th: A seminar about The history of the Holocaust and the use of history. Sign up here.January 28th: The Courage to Care. Sign up here.

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.