Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust remembrance centre. Photo: Maria Soläng/Government Offices

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited Jerusalem to participate in the World Holocaust Forum to honour the victims of the Holocaust and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The memorial ceremony took place at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust remembrance centre.

“Of all the history and all the knowledge we have about the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators, it is the fate of the children that affects me the most. The children who had to flee without their parents before the war. The children who were forced out of their homes and who had to go with their parents to the ghettos and the concentration camps. The children who died of starvation and who were murdered in the camps and by the death squads. The children – around 1.5 million children – who were robbed of their lives and of their futures in what can only be described as humanity’s darkest hour,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

During his visit to Jerusalem, the Prime Minister also met representatives from Jewish civil society. Discussions centred on remembrance of the Holocaust and the work against antisemitism – issues that will be the focus of the forum to be hosted by the Prime Minister in Malmö in October 2020.