The Crown Princess attends a scholarship presentation in memory of the Holocaust

On Wednesday 27 January, The Crown Princess attended the presentation of a scholarship from the Micael Bindefeld Foundation in Memory of the Holocaust, at a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

The ceremony was opened by Jan Malmsjöm, who read the introduction to Tell Ye Your Children, written by Stéphane Bruchfeld and Paul Levine. Micael Bindefeld then spoke about the foundation. The scholarship was presented this year for the second time. The foundation aims to finance projects that tell the story of the Holocaust through cultural expression.

The Crown Princess then presented the scholarship to Adina Krantz and Nadine Gerson, founders of the organisation Zikaron.

Jan Malmsjö read the reasons for awarding the scholarship: "The 2016 scholarship is presented to Zikaron. The scholarship will enable the organisation's founders Adina Krantz and Nadine Gerson to realise their dream of an organisation that gives third generation survivors the opportunity to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by talking to school pupils around the country. As time passes, there is a risk that memories of the Holocaust will fade. When Zikaron meets pupils, these memories are kept alive. We must never forget!"

The ceremony concluded with a song performed by Lisa Nilsson.

Earlier in the week, The Crown Princess attended a talk by Emerich Roth at Viksjö School in Järfälla. Viksjö School arranged a peace week, with speakers including Emerich Roth and the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism (SKMA).

About Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January – the date on which Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated in 1945 – is International Holocaust Memorial Day. This day has been observed around Swedenexternal link, opens in new window since 1999.

The UN declared the date as an international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust in 2005.