Prince Daniel attends the Emerich Fund prize-giving ceremony

The Driving Force of the Year Award was presented to Reine Rydin from Morkarlbyhöjden School in Mora. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/Scanpix

On Monday 15 April, Prince Daniel attended the Emerich Fund prize-giving ceremony at Fryshuset in Stockholm.
The Emerich Fund was established in 1994 at the initiative of Emerich Roth, who survived the Nazi regime in five different concentration camps. The Fund operates on a non-profit basis, with the aim of encouraging school pupils to take part in activities to combat violence and xenophobia, and to pave the way for a pleasant, compassionate school environment, through annual competitions.

Prince Daniel gave a speech and presented certificates to the winners of the essay-writing prize, the Schools' Peace Prize, the Driving Force of the Year Award and the 27 January Award.
 
In his speech, The Prince said:
"I am particularly proud to be here today to present prizes to some of those who have excelled when it comes to expressing themselves and working to combat violence, bullying and xenophobia."

The essay-writing prize was awarded to Jehan Ateaa from Dragon School in Umeå. The competition is aimed at upper secondary school pupils, who are asked to write on the subject "What can we learn from history? How can we combat violence, racism and xenophobia?"

The Schools' Peace Prize was awarded to Västerholm Independent School in Skärholmen. The prize recognises projects that aim to combat violence, bullying and xenophobia, and to promote compassion. There is a particular emphasis on achieving good results in cooperation between pupils and teachers, and ideally between different schools.
 
The Driving Force of the Year Award was presented to Reine Rydin, a teacher at Morkarlbyhöjden School in Mora. The prize is awarded to an individual who make outstanding efforts at a school.
 
The 27 January Award was presented to Högberg School in Tierp. The prize recognises a school that succeeds in keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day.

The ceremony began with a choir from Södertörn Independent School performing Michael Jackson's Hold Me. The Emerich Fund's founder Emerich Roth then welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and spoke about the importance of countering evil by always emphasising the good.
 
The master of ceremonies for the afternoon was Lill Lindfors, an honorary member of the Emerich Fund.
 
Dance group The Groove Summit and singer Lova Sönnerbo then performed. Rapper Timbuktu ended the ceremony by singing one of his hits.
 

Emerich Roth


Emerich Roth came to Sweden in December 1950, having survived the Nazi regime in five different concentration camps. He helped to found the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Sweden in order to spread awareness — particularly in schools — of events during the Second World War and to prevent racism from taking hold within society. With thirty years of experience within the social welfare of vulnerable and hateful people, and having given talks at schools around Sweden since 1993, he knows that there is a way to escape hatred.