The Crown Princess dedicates memorial

The Crown Princess at the unveiling of the Bortom Vågorna memorial in Ramlösa Brunnspark. Photo: Björn Lindgren/Scanpix

On Thursday 26 August, The Crown Princess and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway unveiled a memorial to the refugee reception centre in Ramlösa Brunnspark on occasions including during the Second World War.
The Bortom Vågorna ("Beyond the Waves") memorial was designed by artists Ulla and Gustav Kraitz, and commemorates the humanitarian efforts involved in events such as the arrival of the White Buses at Ramlösa Spa, now Ramlösa Brunnspark.

Regional Council Commissioner and Chairman of the Integration and Diversity Committee Rolf Tufvesson, former Traffic Minister of Denmark, Member of the Danish Parliament and 1943 Danish refugee Arne Melchior, Chairman of the Swedish Red Cross Bengt Westerberg and former UN General Assembly Chairman and UN Under-Secretary-General Ambassador Jan Eliasson all spoke at the ceremony. The Jewish Choir sang.

In her speech, The Crown Princess said that "not only should we honour and remember our history, we should also apply our historical experiences to our lives. This is true of both community work and the global context of which we are an inseparable part."

In his speech, Crown Prince Haakon emphasised the importance of the White Buses operation for Sweden, Norway and Europe as a whole.

The memorial in Ramlösa Brunnspark is part of the "Skåne in the service of humanity: Compassion in refugee reception, then and now" project being organised by Region Skåne.

Ramlösa Brunnspark, then known as Ramlösa Spa, was a centre for refugee reception in Skåne in 1943 when Danish Jews sought refuge in Skåne, in 1945 when the Red Cross's White Buses arrived with refugees from Germany, and in 1956 when refugees arrived from Hungary.

Later that afternoon, The Crown Princess and Crown Prince Haakon attended a seminar at the House of Humanity in Malmö.

Read The Crown Princess's speech.