Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén Helps Premiere Dimensions in Testimony in Swedish at Malmö Forum

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 2:40pm

The Swedish version of USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony installation was presented in Malmö at the International Forum On Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén hosted the event in Malmö on October 13th and visited the installation where he engaged with interactive biographies of two Swedish Holocaust survivors. 

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the forum, where they visited the installation and met with Holocaust survivors.

In March 2020 The National Historical Museums of Sweden received a mission from the government to develop a version of the installation with Swedish-speaking testimonies. In the summer of 2020 two Swedish survivors, Tobias Rawet and Elisabeth Citrom, were recorded with COVID-safe advanced video technologies in a studio in Stockholm. 

Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén (second from right) and his wife Ulla (left) with Holocaust survivor and Dimensions in Testimony interviewee Tobias Rawet (right) and Lizzie Scheja, Director of Jewish Culture in Sweden.

The production is a collaboration between The National Historical Museums of Sweden, Jewish Culture in Sweden, and USC Shoah Foundation, made possible by support from Ulrika and Joel Citron and the Swedish Government. The installation is currently in a beta testing phase in collaboration with Malmö Museums.  

“I am grateful that the Swedish government chose to support our initiative to produce a Swedish version of Dimensions in Testimony and am proud that Jewish Culture in Sweden is part of this international project. The weeks I spent in the studio together with Tobias Rawet and Elisabeth Citrom were outright life-changing for me,” said Lizzie Scheja, CEO of Jewish Culture in Sweden.

The Swedish testimonies from Tobias Rawet and Elisabeth Citrom will be available for the general public starting in 2022. At the Malmö Forum, Jewish Culture in Sweden together with The Swedish History Museum is also displaying parts of the exhibition “Speaking Memories – the Last Survivors of the Holocaust,” highlighting 14 survivors living in Sweden in video interviews and portraits by photographer Karl Gabor, at the commission of Jewish Culture in Sweden. 

Dimensions in Testimony was developed in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, with technology by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and concept by Conscience Display. Funding for Dimensions in Testimony was provided in part by Pears Foundation, Louis. F. Smith, Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Cayton/Goldrich Family Foundation in honor of Jona Goldrich, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Genesis Philanthropy Group (R.A.). Other partners include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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