Government to sponsor school trips to Auschwitz

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The Swedish government is to spend SEK five million on trips for Swedish schoolchildren to the World War II concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The move comes following successes in the recent European elections by far-right parties across the continent. In an opinion article in tabloid Expressen, Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson writes: "We need to do things on several fronts, I'm convinced more young people need to know what happens when hate conquers democracy."

The money, to be given to the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism, will pay for 400 pupils and 40 teachers to make the trip to Poland, and Ohlsson hopes the project will continue into the future.

"The project underlines how Roma, LGBTQ-people, individuals with handicaps, and people with different religious and political views were also the target of the Nazis' unimaginably ruthless cruelty", she writes.