The King and Queen of Sweden attend the Holocaust memorial event and forum focusing on the fight against anti-Semitism-Royal Central
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The Swedish city of Malmö welcomed international heads of state and dignitaries this week for ‘Remember-React’ – a forum that focuses on remembering the Holocaust, as well as the dangers of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and discrimination that still threaten our society today.
As heads of state of the host nation, King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia made the trip to Malmö to participate in the event.
Their Majesty 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 was also shown as part of the exhibition that the Malmö Fair is hosting in connection with the forum: one about the artist Ceija Strojka, a destroyed survivor, and another that contains pieces directly from World War II.
The forum’s discussions centered on four main topics: the memory of the Holocaust, education in the subject, the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, and the growing anti-Semitism on social media in recent years.
The forum consisted of two plenary sessions and two breakout sessions; The plenary sessions were the ones that saw the most important people give speeches and participate in discussions on the subject of Holocaust.
Participating authorities included US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, among many others.
Their Majesty the King and Queen of Sweden opened the morning plenary session after being welcomed to the Malmö Fair by Minister of Education Anna Ekström.