Today we remember all those who were not allowed to live.
This is what Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said in the Swedish Parliament today.
On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. It was the largest extermination camp in Nazi Germany. More than a million people were killed there. The United Nations has decided that January 27 will be a day of Holocaust remembrance.
In total, about six million Jews were killed During the Holocaust. But also other groups, such as gypsies and homosexuals.
About 10,000 people survived Come to Sweden. Many are still alive. Few tell their story in schools and the media. But they are old now. One of them is Leon Ritz.
– When we went, who would tell? But I only do this so that the world after us knows and I want to honor the innocent people who have been killed.
Leon Ritz narrates on “The Last Sounds from the Holocaust” on Radio Sweden 2019. At that time, he was 91 years old.
It is important that their stories remain. Therefore, the government wants to build a museum about the Holocaust, with pictures and stories of survivors. Malmö and Landskrona wanted the museum to be there. But now the government says the museum will open in Stockholm in July next year.
The Holocaust is unparalleled in history, Prime Minister Stefan Leuven and two other ministers have written in a debate article in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The Ministers wrote that anti-Semitism – hatred of Jews and anti-Roma – hatred of Roma and racism still exists in our societies.
Today, the Riksdag has the authority of the Living History Forum And municipalities around Sweden have a digital memorial ceremony. The King and Queen were present, and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven gave a speech at the Swedish Parliament.
All the children and grandchildren who were not allowed to give birth, all the days of the week that did not happen, all the souls that became extinct.
This is what Prime Minister Stefan Leuven said.