THE ACTIVITIES OF COLD WAR PEACE ORGANIZATIONS IN SWEDEN HELPED SOVIET ANTI-AMERICAN PROPAGANDA, NO 5 IN A SERIES

In the European anti-nuclear weapons campaign Swedish organizations were in the forefront. They were encouraged by the Soviet and sometimes aided with financing. One of the aspects was the collection of signatures against nuclear weapons including peace marches and demonstrations. These activities were given wide coverage in Soviet media.

The leading Swedish organizations cheered by Moscow were:

Folkkampanjen (People’s Campaign)
Svenska freds- och skiljedomsfoereningen (Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society)
Svenska Fredskommitten (Swedish Peace Committee, member organization of the Soviet directed World Peace Council)
Svenska kvinnors vaensterfoerbund (Swedish Women’s Leftist Union, a communist organization)
Internationella kvinnoförbundet för fred och frihet (International Women’s Union for Peace and Freedom)
Kvinnokamp foer fred (Women’s Struggle for Peace)
and
Kristna fredsroerelsen (Christian Peace Movement).

A leading woman and Swedish social democratic politician (MP) was Maj-Britt Theorin. During the Cold War she was a leading anti-American campaigner and is now closely linked to Jan Oberg’s pro-Russian TFF in Lund in southern Sweden along with a former leader of the Swedish Communist Party, Mrs Gudrun Schyman, who is presently leading the Feminist Party of Sweden.

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