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'A record of infamy': The use and abuse of the image of the Swedish Jewish response to the Holocaust
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, Vol. 36, no 5, 536-554 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with a subject that has been sensitive in the Jewish community in Sweden since the time of the Holocaust, namely the widespread image of the Stockholm Jewish Community as being negative towards letting Jewish refugees find a safe haven in Sweden during the Nazi persecution and mass murder. This image has previously been explained by the alleged ineffectivity of the Stockholm Jewish Community to aid the refugees and Swedish Jewry's failure to integrate them into the community. The present article, however, shows that this image was also a result of political differences between Jewish organizations, groups, and individuals, internationally as well as in Sweden. It was also due to an exaggerated belief in, and misconception of, the influence of the Swedish Jews on the Swedish administration of refugee aid, and resulted in personal feuds in which this negative image was accentuated. Furthermore, the image of the reluctant Swedish Jews has been reproduced and used by Swedish officials to avoid taking responsibility for the country's previous restrictive policy towards Jewish refugees. These accusations have cross-fertilized with the allegations from the inter-Jewish debate, further cementing the negative image of the Stockholm Jewish Community's responses to the Holocaust and the preceding persecutions.

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2011. Vol. 36, no 5, 536-554 p.
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Jewish history, Holocaust studies, Sweden, refugees, the Stockholm Jewish Community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172194DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2011.625282ISI: 000299042700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172194DiVA: diva2:513606
Available from: 2012-04-03 Created: 2012-04-02 Last updated: 2012-04-03Bibliographically approved

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