The Local Sweden

History dies deep in the woods: The forgotten Nazi concentration camp survivors in the forests of Småland

History has a way of being forgotten, whether by accident or design, especially when it’s painful. Histories with straightforward and happy endings make us feel good about ourselves and more hopeful about the outcome of our own uncertain times. Those that lack resolution or defy the need for an optimistic conclusion frequently exist in varying degrees of figurative darkness – ignored, neglected, forsaken. Sometimes, the darkness is also literal – a place so tucked away from view that the eyes of the collective consciousness barely need to look away to forget.
The Local Sweden

Why America's gun culture made us raise our children in Sweden

I'm often asked why we have made the conscious decision not to live in the United States. Most people laugh at the first answer I generally give, which involves a certain person currently residing in a large white house in Washington, D.C. The laughter always stops when I give my second reason: I already worry enough about my children that I don't want to live in fear that they will be gunned down in a mass shooting, at school or anywhere else.
European Royal History Journal

Burglarly on the Links: Unraveling the Mystery of the Stolen Windsor Jewels

On the evening of October 16, 1946, jewels belonging to the Duchess of Windsor were stolen from an English mansion where the exiled couple was visiting. Ever since that day, the story has been told by many different sources with everything from very minor discrepancies to significant differences in important facts and details. This article was one of the first to analyze that case file in depth.
The Local Sweden

The unexpected things cemeteries can teach you about Sweden and its history

Some people think of cemeteries as foreboding places that provoke sadness or even fear. In Sweden, however, most cemeteries are beautiful oases that invite visitors to pay their respects to the lives of the departed in a variety of ways. Park-like paths encourage members of the public to walk among meticulously-tended grave sites and ancient runestones. Sheltered benches and quiet nooks inspire peaceful meditation. These environments also implicitly invite and encourage visitors to learn about Swedish history and culture.
A Bit of History

Countess Emilia Plater and the Perpetual Anomaly of the Woman Warrior

Joan of Arc, Countess Emilia Plater, Wonder Woman: Singular women placed on a pedestal, carefully arranged and served on a silver platter of inimitable exceptionalism, meant to be admired for their sacrifice, but not duplicated. These are the flawed foundations of the stories of “heroic” women that have helped insure that the concept of the women warrior remains an anomaly more akin to a fictional superhero than an accepted reality.
European Royal History Journal

Alice Heine: Monaco's Forgotten First American Princess

The death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco was lamented as the end of an exalted era that began when Rainier married the American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. But while the world was caught up in a modern royal “fairy tale,” an even more dramatic chapter in Monaco’s history lay all but forgotten. For the glory days of Monaco actually began over 140 years ago and culminated in the reign of Prince Albert I of Monaco – the present Prince Albert’s great, great grandfather. And the forgotten highlight of Albert’s nearly 33-year reign was another magnetic and beautiful American woman – Princess Alice, the first American princess of Monaco.
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