Dealing with the Past in the Present: World War II and the Holocaust in Sweden

Lecture series on WWII and the Holocaust in Sweden will be held at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, October 26 with a pre-screening of documentary film Harbor of Hope on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Thursday, October 24 at Olin Auditorium: 4:00 PM Screening of documentary film Harbor of Hope

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Olin Auditorium: Lecture series:

Session 1: 10:00 AM –12:15 PM
Lecture 1. Sweden and World War II—An Overview by Lars M. Andersson, Uppsala University
Lecture 2. Sweden and the Question of Jewish Refugees by Karin Kvist Geverts, National Library of Sweden
Lecture 3. Remembering WWII and the Holocaust today by Ulf Zander, Lund University

Session 2: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Presentation by Göran Rosenberg, well-known author/journalist/public intellectual focusing on his award winning book Ett kort uppehåll på vägen från Auschwitz (A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz). The book deals with his family’s story after his parents came from the camps to Sweden after the war. For an interview in English with Rosenberg about his book, see

Session 3: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Andersson, Kvist Geverts, Zander, Rosenberg, and a representative of the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. Topics: 1. Can/Should historians be moral judges of the past?  2. The contemporary situation in Sweden and Europe with regard to racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

Concluding Words: 4:30 PM – Dr. Thomas Tredway, President Emeritus, Augustana College

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