Swedish Holocaust Museum, Slated for a 2022 Opening, to Be Based in Stockholm

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Snow falls over the Old town in Stockholm, Sweden January 13, 2021
Snow falls over the Old town in Stockholm, Sweden January 13, 2021Credit: TT NEWS AGENCY/ REUTERS

A new museum tasked with preserving and passing on the memory of the Holocaust will located be in Stockholm, the Swedish government announced.

The museum is due to open in July 2022, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and the ministers of culture and education said on Wednesday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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"The murder, persecution and terrible suffering of the Jewish people, Roma and millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe. Although the killing did not take place on Swedish soil, Sweden both influenced and was influenced by what happened. The Holocaust is also part of Sweden's history," they said in an op-ed in Wednesday's edition of Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter.

The proposal for a Swedish museum about the Holocaust was made in 2018 by Polish-born Holocaust survivor Max Safir, who for several years gave talks in schools and parliament about his war-time experiences. He died in June.

Placing the museum in Stockholm would make it easier for students and the general public from all parts of the country to visit, the government said.

Stockholm was also proposed by the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Sweden and the Roma organization E Romani Glinda.

Other cities, including Malmo, offered to host the museum.

Malmo was earlier selected as a venue for an International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

About 50 heads of state and government, as well as researchers and organizations, have been invited to the conference.

Initially scheduled for October 2020, it was was postponed until October this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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