If you have been following the news in recent weeks, you may have seen some journalists in more dishonest and/or clueless media outlets declaring the Sweden Democrats to be "of Neo-Nazi origin." My impression is SD are equivalent to mainstream Swedish conservatives of thirty or forty years ago; they are conservative with an ethnonationalist flavor, but not radical; the more radical ethnonationalists are either "extra-parliamentary" or are attached the new Alternative for Sweden party (on which, see below).
The Islamic refugee issue is what attracted SD more support; on the Islamic refugee issue, there are distinct overtones of Holocaust narratives in Swedish political psychology (Sweden's Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg saved all those Jewish refugees in the 1940s; Sweden owes it to the world to save Syrian refugees in the 2010s).
The entire Swedish political establishment lobbied actively and aggressively against SD, in a united front, in the tradition of the political cordon sanitaire. The Holocaust was, of course, used in this society-wide campaign against the Sweden Democrats, often indirectly/implicitly, but sometimes directly. Out of nowhere, in the period just before the election, Sweden realized it needed a new Holocaust memorial:
"More important than ever"... because it was election season! Get the Holocaust in the news to reduce the Sweden Democrats vote total, if possible, or to undermine them if they did break through and get a shock 30%+ of seats, which at one time looked possible. The campaign does seem to have worked because the Sweden Democrats declined five to ten points from their summer peak in the two weeks before the election.Announcing the decision to create the [new Malmo Holocaust museum], Swedish Minister of Social Affairs and Sports Minister Annika Strandhall [Social Democrat] said Tuesday [Sept. 4, 2018] on Twitter that the news “feels more important than ever.”
[From CODOH-Forum thread "Sweden to build Holocaust museum focused on survivors"]
Projected results as of this writing:
[a.] 144 seats: Left-Wing Coalition (behind the unnecessary new Malmo Holocaust memorial initiative)
- 101 seats: Social Democrats [70-75% of Sweden's Muslims vote for this party]
- 28 seats: Left Party
- 15 seats: Green Party
- 70 seats: Moderate Party
- 31 seats: Center Party
- 23 seats: Christian Democrats
- 19 seats: Liberal Party
- 62 seats: Sweden Democrats -- soft ethnonationalist
- 0 seats: Alternative for Sweden -- ethnonationalist; contains some semi-open Holocaust revisionists (there are no Holocaust-belief Enforcement laws in Sweden)
I don't know Swedish politics well enough to evaluate which parties have the most aggressive Holocaust pushers, which parties would criminalize Revisionism if they were in power, which are the neutrals, which lean towards opposition to Holocaust ideology, and which would support open debate. The closest party to actually being Holocaust-revisionist is Alternative for Sweden [AfS], and it did not make it above the 4%-threshold for seats. One of AfS' prominent supporters is former journalist Ingrid Carlqvist:
Whether AfS -- a party formed only three years ago -- survives after failing to win seats, I don't know. Many other small parties thrive in Sweden and so there is no reason AfS cannot also survive.In March 2017, [Ingrid Carlquist] came under attack for questioning "why it was so sensitive to discuss the evidence surrounding the Holocaust".
The Holocaust-as-political-tool is always instructive to observe, not only from a Revisionist perspective but even from a Holocaust-believer perspective. Its political use ought to be obvious to all, and its political usefulness is one reason revisionism is so suppressed. The general purpose of this thread is to show that it is even true for neutral Sweden.