The King and Queen honour the victims of the Holocaust

The King and Queen are welcomed by Chairman of the Jewish Community in Stockholm Aron Verständig and survivor Tobias Rawet.

The King and Queen are welcomed by Chairman of the Jewish Community in Stockholm Aron Verständig and survivor Tobias Rawet. Photo: Karl Gabor

Wednesday 27 January was International Holocaust Memorial Day. The King and Queen took part in a digital memorial ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm.

This year's ceremony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust was broadcast digitally from the Great Synagogue of Stockholm.

The digital ceremony began with The King and Queen laying stones at the memorial next to the synagogue. According to Jewish tradition, stones are laid in tribute because – in contrast to flowers – they are eternal. The stones laid by The King and Queen came from Solliden on Öland.

The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was dedicated by The King in 1998. Find out more about the memorial at the website of the Jewish Community in Stockholm.external link, opens in new window

Watch the memorial ceremony hereexternal link, opens in new window.

The Queen lays a stone in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The Queen lays a stone in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Photo: Karl Gabor

International Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January – the date on which the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp was liberated in 1945 – is International Holocaust Memorial Day. The UN declared the date as an international day of remembrance in 2005. It has been a memorial day in Sweden since 2001.