From Tell Ye Your Children to Dinner with Polpot: the challenges of globalizing Holocaust memories at Sweden’s Living History Forum

Larissa Allwork

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Established in 2003 as Europe’s first publically funded national educational authority on the Holocaust, tolerance, democracy and human rights, Sweden’s Living History Forum (LHF) lies at the intersection of global, national and local Holocaust remembrance cultures and their ‘universalisation’ into the wider study of global ‘Crimes against Humanity’. Beginning with LHF’s origins in 1997’s Living History Project, this paper will discuss major developments within the organization over the last ten years. It will address how LHF has effectively worked in the space between the national and the transnational as well as the controversies that LHF has stimulated, particularly as Conny Mithander has noted, in relation to the representation of communist crimes. This paper will also give an overview of an increasingly critical liberal historiography, which sees LHF as part of a progressively more ‘regularized’ Swedish remembrance culture. My paper will include interview material with Paul Levine and Stéphane Bruchfeld, authors of Tell Ye Your Children as well as information from a 2014 meeting with Marcel Rådström (Educator) and Johan Perwe (Press Officer) at LHF’s premises in Stockholm on 14 May 2014. My paper will also connect the case of LHF to some of the broader findings of my forthcoming book, Holocaust Remembrance Between the National and the Transnational: A Case Study of the Stockholm International Forum (2000) and the First Decade of the ITF.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015
EventTransnational Holocaust Memory - University of Leeds
Duration: 26 Jan 2015 → …


ConferenceTransnational Holocaust Memory
Period26/01/15 → …


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