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Swedish city archives cover Jewish books to “prevent vandalism”

Malmö city archivist Anette Sarnäs decided to display Jewish books and posters in the window of the city archives office, but was told to cover them to avoid potential vandalism.

The multicultural Swedish city is hosting a Holocaust conference this week and Ms Sarnäs decided to display the books and posters in the window to coincide with the conference and was shocked after she was told to cover them.

“I was really upset and pissed off. I protested but the message I received was that it could be withdrawn again on Monday when there are staff and security guards on site, ”she told the newspaper. Express reports.

City archivist Adam Hidestål said the incident was a misunderstanding and the purple cover, which had been placed over the books, was later blown away.

“Of course, this sends an unfortunate signal that we absolutely do not defend,” he said, saying the city archives were “not afraid” to display such documents publicly.

Parts of Malmö are on lockdown for Wednesday’s conference, which was scheduled to take place last year but has been postponed due to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

According to broadcaster SVT, bus services in the city will be canceled and there will be a no-fly zone above the city for those who wish to use drones which will be in effect from Monday noon to Thursday noon.

“It takes a bit of planning if you are going to be moving into public space in Malmö in the next few days,” police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said.

Anti-Semitism has been a problem in Malmö for years, and the city’s Jewish community has spoken out on the issue in the past.

In 2019, the city’s Jewish congregation, whose membership has declined rapidly in recent decades, warned that the congregation could disappear altogether and described the city as a “no-go zone” for Jews.

Later that year, young members of the town’s Jewish community spoke from their own personal experiences, with one 18-year-old saying: “Uncertainty means you can’t go to school with a star of David visible because then there is a high risk of being threatened, or someone following you from school or even being beaten.

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