Peace Day: 8 May


Living History Forum, Swedish Church and other organizations are observing 8 May as the Peace Day. In Gothenburg, Domkyrkan, the cathedral of the city, is holding an exhibition on the consequences of war and the lessons to learn from the wars in collaboration with FORUM FOR LEVANDE HISTORIA (Living History Forum). 8 May is celebrated as the day of peace and as the day for borderless humanity (En dag for granslös medmänsklighet). The Peace Day is a recurring event since 2015 participated by several institutions and organizations to mark the day. This year, the organizers are paying close attention to the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Every year, a new theme is chosen related to ‘peace and hope’ for a better society and this is marked by seminars, lectures, panel discussions, mass or service in the churches, concerts and exhibitions.

Living History Forum has produced a number of exhibitions and this year it has chosen to show about democracy titled ‘Live Democracy!’ and focussing on ‘what can we learn from the history of Germany between 1918 and 1933?’ It emphasises that ‘A democracy is not a matter of course, but something we all have to defend together. Everyone has a responsibility’.

Living History Forum focuses on history for reflection and to learn lessons for the future. It is a Swedish public authority and uses the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as a starting point, and works on issues like tolerance, democracy and human rights.

A panel discussion on Nationalism – Phenomena, Temptations and dangers is scheduled at the Gothenburg Cathedral or Domkyrkan organized along with Gothenburg University, Book Fair (Bokmässan), City of Gothenburg, Swedish Church, SENSUS, INNERSTADEN Gothenburg, Jewish Assembly of Gothenburg and Torgny Segerstedts Minne. The participants in the discussion are Christer Mattson, Sven-Eric Liedman, and Isabell Schierenbeck from Gothenburg University; Jasenko Selimovic, a member of European parliament and the discussion will be moderated by Malte Hallquist. The program starts at 18:00 today: 8 May the Peace Day.