Intense program at the Gothenburg Book Fair 2009

December 30th, 2009   Uncategorized

On September 24-27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation participated in the Gothenburg Book Fair, with a showcase. In addition, the foundation arranged three seminars. Keeping in mind the over all focus of the fair, the foundation also presented two newly issued books. While the first one “The triumph of Democracy – 20 years since the fall of the Berlin wall” describes how democracy conquering communism, the other “Red Tornado” covers the increasing dominance of Hugo Chavéz in Latin America. Both books may be downloaded in Swedish at this site.

The celebration of the 20’th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall was also the main focus for one of the foundation’s seminars. Three of the authors of the book participated and gave their view on communism and the reasons for it being abandoned. Walburga Habsburg Douglas was one of those who cut the iron curtain between Hungary and Austria. Richard Swartz for a long time held the position as correspondent for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in Central- and Eastern Europe, whereas Cecilia Stegö-Chiló traveled and wrote frequently on Eastern Europe during the year of 1989.

The book ”Red Tornado – the development in Latin America” was the theme for the second seminar. Interviewing five Latin American politicians and analysts, the author Linda Bergman, shows their unanimous fear for the devastating influence posed by the president of Venuzela, Hugo Chavéz, on the development in several of the countries in the region. In the seminar, Linda Bergman discussed Chavéz and the development in Latin America with Fernando Bautista, political youth leader in El Salvador, and John Suarez, leader for an organization of exile Cubans in the United States.

The theme of the last seminar was the Crimes of Communism. Mart Laar, former prime minister in Estonia and founder of the Foundation for the Investigation of Communist Crimes, discussed with Camilla Andersson, founder of the Swedish organization The Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. Maar Laar described the importance of understanding a country’s history for being able to build the future. He mentioned it as a comment re-closure by the Russian political leadership of the archives which were opened after the fall of the Soviet Union.

During the fair, the Foundation accepted several visitors in its showcase. Both new books proved to be great successes. Among the politicians who visited the foundation in Gothenburg was the Minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

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