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    Here is an article about the Allied and German casualties who never made it home again. The bulk of this article deals with the cemetery(ies) here in Malmö but it mentions other parts of Sweden too. It is in the original Swedish so if there are no means of translating via Google (or any other) then I'll do it myself.

    De fick sista vilan i Sverige - DN.SE

    A particular case is of Henry Popper, a Jew, born in Vienna, emigrated to England and volunteered for the RAF. His Lancaster was shot down over Sweden and he was buried in the Jewish cemetery, here in town. Being the only child of the Popper family it was decided that this would be the final resting place of the parents too. His father lies buried alongside his beloved son with the inscription, "At last together".

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    Most of what I know about Sweden's role comes from two movies, Errol Flynn's "Edge of Darkness," and Kirk Douglas' "The Heroes of Telemark." I must say that I was extremely impressed to learn that without their shipment of heavy water, the Nazis fell behind in atomic research. With it, and their V2 delivery systems...they would have conquered the world.


    I am very interested in Sweden, being genetically Swedish (adopted) but I've never had the time to do any research or traveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint_ View Post
    Most of what I know about Sweden's role comes from two movies, Errol Flynn's "Edge of Darkness," and Kirk Douglas' "The Heroes of Telemark." I must say that I was extremely impressed to learn that without their shipment of heavy water, the Nazis fell behind in atomic research. With it, and their V2 delivery systems...they would have conquered the world.
    Actually, both stories are about Norway and the bravery of the Norwegian underground, who fought heroically (even at a dramatic loss of their own civilian population) against the Nazi occupation of their country. That single action in sinking the Nazi shipment of "heavy water" by sabotage, sacrificed the lives of innocent Norwegians and is one of the most dramatic stories of WW II because of it. A very high price to pay but, as you say, probably a necessary one.


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    I am very interested in Sweden, being genetically Swedish (adopted) but I've never had the time to do any research or traveling.
    Sweden was officially "neutral" all through the Second World War. The truth of the matter is that Sweden did much in aiding the western Allies by way of national espionage, but because of our declared "neutral" policies very little has been told about the truth ..... and almost nothing has been translated into English. Consequently, Sweden has been slandered for having been "pro-Nazi". Sweden was absolutely NOT pro-Nazi, but due to secrecy and our centuries-long partnership with Germany many people like to link us with the short-lived Third Reich and conveniently being ignorant of the Hansa Era and our intertwined sea-going history with the Baltic Sea that go back several thousand years.

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    LOL! Well then, it looks like I know even less about Sweden than I thought! I'd still like to learn, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint_ View Post
    LOL! Well then, it looks like I know even less about Sweden than I thought! I'd still like to learn, though.
    Ha-ha! But don't worry. It's not your fault so little has been written about it. If you're interested in Sweden during WW II you can begin with the story of Raoul Wallenberg and the mystery (still today) of his fate. I'm sure there is a lot written in English and some documentaries. There was even an American film starring Richard Chamberlain about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Threshold View Post
    Ha-ha! But don't worry. It's not your fault so little has been written about it. If you're interested in Sweden during WW II you can begin with the story of Raoul Wallenberg and the mystery (still today) of his fate. I'm sure there is a lot written in English and some documentaries. There was even an American film starring Richard Chamberlain about him.
    Raoul Wallenberg is a great hero to the Jewish people & a 'righteous gentile'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    Raoul Wallenberg is a great hero to the Jewish people & a 'righteous gentile'.
    That's right - and I'm surprised you knew that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Threshold View Post
    That's right - and I'm surprised you knew that!
    Where I was born & raised, EVERYBODY knows it!!!!!! and always spoke of him with the reverence he still deserves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    Where I was born & raised, EVERYBODY knows it!!!!!!
    Like I should think everybody from Brooklyn would forget already?

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    Like I should think everybody from Brooklyn would forget already?
    Are you sure you're not a native American, who, out of protest to the Vietnam War, moved to Sweden which was an option in the '60's as the Swedes gave help & encouragement to a young American male (soldier) who chose that option?

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