Micael Bindefelds Stiftelse till minne av Förintelsen (Micael Bindefeld´s Foundation in memory of the Holocaust) was founded in 2014 by Micael Bindefeld in order to support those who have a desire to communicate, provide information, illustrate, or otherwise convey knowledge to a wider audience in Sweden of stories from the Holocaust.
Board Members consist of:
Micael Bindefeld, Chairman
Peter Wolodarski (Editor in Chief ”Dagens Nyheter”)
Eva Swartz Grimald (Chairman ”Norstedts” and ”Doberman AB”)
Daniel Pool (CEO ”Expo”)
John Bornstein, (MBA)
Anne Ramberg, (Secretary General ”The Swedish Bar Association”)
Svante Weyler, (Chairman ”The Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism”)
Ingrid Lomfors, (Superintendent ”The Living History Forum”)
Aron Verständig, (Chairman ”Jewish Community in Stockholm”)
The stories of history is central to Jewish tradition. By discussing and educating around the Holocaust humanity may avoid a repeat of the past. For each passing year it becomes increasingly difficult to gain first hand testimony from those who experienced the Holocaust and the accounts which link to the killing of six million Jews. Although knowledge of crimes against humanity alone cannot prevent new genocides, education of the systemic murders which took place during World War II may prevent future persecution and mass murder of minorities.
The Foundation gratefully accepts voluntary financial contributions. Gifts can be deposited into the Foundation’s bank account and donations will go to projects that the Foundation annually decides to support. All board members work on a voluntarily basis keeping operating costs to a minimum. Costs for lawyers and other administration are kept on a pro-bono basis.
The Foundation awards scholarships once per year on January 27th which coincides with the Holocaust Memorial Day. The Board elects to whom or to which projects it supports based on foundation statutes and provincial government approvals. Contributions may be in the form of a book, a play, a photo exhibition, a movie or a drama production. The stories which are told must aim at reaching a large Swedish audience and connect to the memory of the Holocaust. Scholarship applications are reviewed on an annual basis.
The first scholarships from the Foundation were presented on January 27, 2015 to two (2) separate projects. The scholarships were awarded by His Royal Highness Prince Daniel in the presence of the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven. Altogether 300.000 SEK of scholarships were awarded.
The first scholarship was awarded to photographer Örjan Henriksson for the photo exhibition “Auschwitz KZ I-II”. With the support of the Foundation the photo exhibition was able to showcase to the Swedish audience at the Liljevalchs Gallery between April 24 and May 10, 2015 and thereafter a touring exhibition around Sweden followed at the Halmstad Art Hall, Visingsö Art Hall and Jamtli Museum in Östersund.
The second scholarship was awarded to actress Sara Sommerfeld and producer Johan Romin for the production of the documentary film “Min farmor och Förintelsen” (My grandmother and the Holocaust). With the support of the Foundation Sara Sommerfeld and Johan Romins film was produced and broadcast on Sweden’s TV4 in May 2015.
The 2016 scholarship was awarded to the Zikaron association with a grant of
300.000 SEK which was handed over on the Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, 2016 at the Royal Opera by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria. Zikaron is a non-profit organization which provides secondary schools free lectures on the Holocaust. The association consists of Jewish youth in the ages 18-30 which give emotional and informative presentations of their ancestral history. Zikaron is a Hebrew word meaning memory and Zikaron’s mission is that the Holocaust should never be forgotten.
With this scholarship the founders of Zikaron, Adina Krantz and Nadine Gerson, realized their dream to offer third generation genocide survivors the opportunity to bring memory of the Holocaust to schoolchildren across the country.
In three (3) years Zikaron hope to be able to lecture to tenfold more students than in 2015. The Foundation’s support has enabled Zikaron to further develop and to create a nationwide organization which is able to reach thousands of students each year.
The 2017 scholarship award has been nominated and will be announced on the Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, 2017.
The application for the 2018 scholarship is open until May 31, 2017.
The Foundation is annually supported by Prins Carl Gustafs Stiftelse (Prince Carl Gustaf´s Foundation) which is a royal foundation founded in 1976 in order to promote charitable, social, artistic, sporting and other cultural or public purposes.