Swedish author Bertil Haggman on October 11, 2015, published his latest book. It deals with part of the Cold War era in Sweden.
When the Soviet empire collapsed 1989 – 1991 it was evident that anticommunists had been correct in their criticism of the totalitarian communist regimes. Communist ideology had built on incorrect views of society and the subjugated peoples including the Russian people rose up against the regimes.
Anticommunist organizations in the West, it proved, had played an important role in informing the public about the defects of the communist systems. Both in Europe and the United States there is the beginnings of research about the role of anticommunism in defeating communism in the Soviet Union and its subjugated nations. Sweden, however, is an exception. Here in large portions of media and institutions there is a negative attitude concerning anticommunism.
What is missing in Sweden is also a post-Cold War description of Soviet and communist subversive activities 1945 – 1991. It would be of great value if the activities of the Soviet KGB, GRU and the East German Stasi and Warsaw Pact countries in Sweden could be studied in for example an academic research program on Swedish relations to the Soviet Union and the satellite countries.
There is an imbalance in the research in Sweden on Nazism and Communism. While there has been a research project studying Swedish-German relations before and during the Second World War Sweden’s relations to the Soviet Union and the countries occupied by the Soviets from around 1920 to around 1990 have been ”forgotten”.
A research project was started in Sweden in 2000 and completed in 2006 on “Sweden’s Relations to Nazism, Nazi-Germany & the Holocaust”. (Stig Ekman, Klas Amark, David Kendall, John Toler, Sweden’s Relations With Nazism, Nazi Germany & the Holocaust – a survey of research, 2003)
The Swedish Science Council should as soon as possible prepare and carry out a similar research project on Sweden’s relation to communism, the Soviet Union and its satellites and communist genocide. It would make it possible to study the two totalitarianisms comparatively. The project could be preceded by an inventory of sources and an international conference of academic researchers. The costs could be estimated at around 25 million Swedish kronor or around 3,5 million US dollars.
A group of academic specialists could be chosen to prepare this new study project.
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• Print Length: 60 pages
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• Publisher: Publishing House Bertil Haggman; 1 edition (October 11, 2015)
• Publication Date: October 11, 2015
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• Language: English