On Thursday 1 February, The Crown Princess visited the Living History Forum in Stockholm's Gamla Stan to get an in-depth insight into the organisation's role and operations.
The Crown Princess was welcomed by Ingrid Lomfors, Director of the Living History Forum, after which she was given an introduction to the forum's current exhibitions. During the tour, The Crown Princess met a class of upper secondary school pupils who had just been given two hours of teaching. The Living History Forum carries out educational initiatives about various forms of racism and intolerance, both historically and today, on behalf of the Swedish Government.
The Living History Forum's employees had gathered in a conference room, where The Crown Princess learnt about the organisation's operations, including its online courses for school pupils and teachers, as well as the Per Anger Prize, which is awarded each year to someone who has made great contributions to the promotion of humanitarian work and democracy.
The Living History Forum is part of the Ministry of Culture. Its role is to provide a national forum to promote work relating to democracy, tolerance and human rights, taking the Holocaust as its starting point.
The forum's main tasks are:
• to provide information about the Holocaust and the crimes of communist regimes against humanity
• to strive to strengthen people's desire to work actively for the equal value of all people
In connection with Holocaust Memorial Day, The Crown Princess Couple initiated a seminar that was arranged in association with the Living History Forum. The seminar took place on 26 January in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and aimed to demonstrate the importance of remembering the Holocaust and learning from its history.