KG Hammar at a meeting in 2008
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Former Archbishop Criticised for Cancelled Holocaust Talk

A former Swedish Archbishop is under fire for cancelling his Holocaust Memorial Day talk due to the Israeli assault on Gaza.

KG Hammar was previously Archbishop of Uppsala, the highest position in the Swedish Lutheran church.

Now guest professor at Lund University, he says his decision to bow out of his talk came from a conclusion that an interpretation of the Holocaust lies behind the Israeli state’s determination to be militarily strong, and that this made him need more time to do justice to the subject.

But Anders Carlberg, chair of the Jewish congregation in Gothenburg, points out that the Holocaust is a historical event in its own right and should be remembered irrespective of the actions of the Israeli state.

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