Göran Persson is the recipient of the 2020 Gilel Storch Award for his longstanding contributions to the struggle against antisemitism by being instrumental in building and supporting Holocaust education, remembrance and research. By this Mr. Persson has shown that one person can make a difference. The Gilel Storch Award is given to persons whose work has promoted democratic, universal and humanistic values
Göran Persson served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1996 to 2006. In 1997 he initiated a campaign to inform the general public about the Holocaust. This resulted in the publication “… och om detta må ni berätta”[Tell Ye Your Children: A Book about the Holocaust]. This book was commissioned by the Swedish government and distributed in over 1,5 million copies to a.o. school children in Sweden as part of its education project Levande historia [Living History], initiated also by Göran Persson. A further initiative was establishing a Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. By dedicated efforts by Göran Persson this led to the Stockholm Conference 2000, gathering international political and social leader´s behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Mr. Persson’s efforts resulted in the Stockholm Declaration and the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance).
In October of this year, a conference on antisemitism and remembrance of the Holocaust will take place, this time in the city of Malmö (Malmö Forum 2020) . It is a direct follow-up of the initiative taken 20 years ago by Prime Minister Göran Persson.
Per Svensson is writer and journalist. He was political editor at Dagens Nyheter (2018-2020) and senior columnist at Sydsvenskan culture page.
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