Reporting the Holocaust in the British, Swedish and Finnish by A. Holmila

By A. Holmila

Studying how the click in Britain, Sweden and Finland spoke back to the Holocaust instantly after the second one international warfare, Holmila deals new insights into the problem posed by means of the Holocaust for liberal democracies by way of taking a look at the reporting of the liberation of the camps, the Nuremberg trial and the Jewish immigration to Palestine.

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Reporting the Holocaust in the British, Swedish and Finnish Press, 1945-50 (Holocaust and Its Contexts)

Analyzing how the clicking in Britain, Sweden and Finland answered to the Holocaust instantly after the second one international conflict, Holmila bargains new insights into the problem posed by means of the Holocaust for liberal democracies by means of taking a look at the reporting of the liberation of the camps, the Nuremberg trial and the Jewish immigration to Palestine.

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Consequently, the paper displayed photos from the camps much more prominently than other Swedish papers examined here. In general, Expressen was established in 1944 in order to offer a more popular critical platform of the coalition government’s policies. 15 Judged with hindsight, with regard to publishing atrocity photos from the camps, Expressen’s record is illuminating, for people’s attitudes towards its photo displays certainly conveyed the discomfort and ambivalent attitudes of the Swedish public towards the revelations.

Expressen reacted strongly against Stockholms-Tidningen and disputed Jäderlund’s article, arguing that exactly the opposite of ‘Jäderlund’s truth’ was the case. 21 Thus, in Expressen’s opinion the German people were not held hostage by Hitler’s clique and they fully shared centre stage with the Nazis. The Swedish Press and Liberation of the Camps 41 On the whole, however, the initial reactions of the Swedish press to the news from the camps were characterised by an impartial tone, a certain aloofness from the real situation and ambivalence as to what was going on.

A comment from a waitress tells us of the disturbing effect the photo had: ‘Why do you need to show the photo here on Sunday morning? Now the whole day is ruined. ’17 The quick survey thus revealed very ambivalent attitudes towards the photo(s). Even though a surprisingly high proportion of those asked were sceptical, or indeed hostile, towards the photos, it is also worth bearing in mind that Expressen’s own anti-Nazi stance probably contributed to the selection of these comments. In a sense, giving a voice to the sceptics ridiculed them – for at the time when the photos were shown, the Swedish newspapers had dropped their initial detachment towards the topic and were totally suffused with talk of German atrocities.

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