"Tell Ye Your Children...": The Twisted Swedish Road to Holocaust Recognition

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From a historical perspective, this article analyzesthe dramatic political
process in the 1990s when modern Sweden left its traditional dissociation
from historical orientations by entering into a European context in which the
Second World War and the Holocaust were crucial historical landmarks.
The political campaign Living History must be understood in terms of recent processes of both nationalization and Europeanization of history. As a conclusion, three problems of the politics of history are discussed: a competing
European historical focus on communist crimes against humanity, a simplistic
and reductionist political use of Holocaust history, and a difficult but necessary
discussion of the potential lessons of history in general, and of Holocaust
history in particular

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-94
Number of pages16
JournalScandinavian-Canadian Studies
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes