It is therefore a matter of the utmost urgency to preserve their testimonies in writing and in audio and video recordings, alongside documents and artefacts that provide insight into historical events, human destinies and the impact of the Holocaust on our society.
The Swedish Holocaust Museum will collect artefacts, documents and other material that illuminate the Holocaust in a historical context, including the testimonies of survivors with links to Sweden, as well as their descendants and those who knew them.
The collection will be gradually built up. During 2022/23, National Historical Museums will prepare a collection policy for the Swedish Holocaust Museum.
The Living History Forum began assembling a collection for the new museum in 2021. During the summer and autumn of 2022, this collection will be transferred to the Swedish Holocaust Museum. The museum will then continue to accept testimonies, donations, artefacts and documents within its collecting area.
One point of departure for the collection is the life stories and testimonies of Holocaust survivors with links to Sweden and the experiences of those who knew them. Other relevant material could be linked to Sweden's policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany, rescue efforts and aid to the victims of Nazi policy and Sweden’s prewar, wartime and postwar immigration policy.
In certain cases, other types of material concerning historical conditions going back centuries, or the postwar period up to the present, may be of interest in order to understand the background to and effects of the Holocaust. That said, the primary focus of the collection will be material related to people and events connected to Sweden.