The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven visits the Auschwitz Memorial
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven visited the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on 20 June 2017. He was accompanied among other persons, by a survivor Livia Fränkel, born in 1927 in Hungary and deported to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on 14 March 1944.
The delegation visited an extensive portion of the Museum exhibition, including block 4 dedicated to the extermination of Jews, which contains German photographs documenting the arrival of the transport of Jews from Hungary, a model of the gas chamber and crematorium II from Birkenau, empty cans of Zyklon B, as well as human hair cut off from the murdered. In Block 5, they visitors saw personal objects of victims that were found in these storage rooms after the liberation of the camp. These include shoes, bags, glasses, brushes, kitchen utensils etc. The delegation also visited the building of the first gas chamber and crematorium in Auschwitz I.
Prime Minister Löfven laid a wreath and held a minute's silence in front of the Execution Wall in the courtyard of Block 11, where executions by shooting were held and paid tribute to all victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.
“Let our young come here and learn about our history and humanity's capacity for evil” - Prime Minister Stefan Löfven wrote in the museum’s memorial book, and who was accompanied throughout the visit by a group of Swedish youth.
In the second part of the viist, the Prime Minister visited the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. He walked along the rail ramp where the Germans conducted selection of the Jews, and also saw the ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium II, and laid a wreath at the memorial to the victims.
The Kingdom of Sweden is one of 36 countries that has contributed to the Endowment Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Profits from the Fund are used to finance the conservation of authentic remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.