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The King and Queen of Sweden attend Holocaust remembrance event and forum focused on fighting anti-semitism


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The Swedish city of Malmö welcomed international heads of state and dignitaries this week for ‘Remember-React’ – a forum focused on remembering the Holocaust, as well as the dangers of antisemitism and other forms of racism & discrimination that still threaten our society today. 

As the Heads of State of the hosting nation, King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia made the trip to Malmö to attend the event. 

Their Majesties opened several roundtable discussions, met with Holocaust survivors, and held bilateral meetings with the President of Finland and the President of the World Jewish Congress.

The King and Queen were also shown part of the exhibition that the Malmö Fair is hosting in connection with the forum: one about artist Ceija Strojka, a Holocaust survivor, and another one containing pieces directly from World War II. 

The forum’s discussions were centered around four main topics: remembrance of the Holocaust, education on the topic, the fight against anti-semitism and other forms of racism, and the concerning rise of anti-semitism on social media over the past few years. 

The forum consisted of two Plenary sessions and two Breakout sessions; the Plenary sessions were the ones that saw the most important figures give speeches and participate in discussions about the topic of Holocaust. 

Among the authorities participating, were USA Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, the President of the European Council Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, among many others. 

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden opened the morning Plenary session, after being welcomed to the Malmö Fair by Minister of Education Anna Ekström.