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Jewish association closes after Nazi threats

Published måndag 3 april kl 12.00
"The more we went public, the worse the situation became"
(1:31 min)
Carinne Sjöberg in a studio
Carinne Sjöberg, spokesperson for Umeå's Jewish association, says the threats began when the group became more visible outward. Credit: Erica Dahlgren/Sveriges Radio

A Jewish association in the northern town of Umeå is shutting down after its members have been subjected to threats and attacks.

The association’s premises have been vandalised with swastika graffiti and stickers with images of Hitler, and snowballs have been thrown at the windows. 

Carinne Sjöberg, the association’s spokesperson, told Swedish Radio the threats started when the association became more visible in the public eye.

It feels terrible that in 2017, I’m having to walk in my parents’ shoes – from the 1930s".

The latest incident occurred last weekend, when a member’s car was vandalised. On Sunday, the association formally decided to cancel the lease for its premises and end all activities. 

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