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Trots allt!

Trots allt!, Swedish for “In spite of it all!”, was a weekly paper and book publisher, founded in the autumn of 1939.

 

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Fiercely critical of Sweden’s neutrality stance and strongly anti-Nazi, it published reports on the terrors of the Nazi occupation in Europe and especially in neighbouring Norway, and argued that there was a moral obligation to enter the war on the side of the Allies. 

Fiercely critical of Sweden’s neutrality stance and strongly anti-Nazi

The paper distanced itself from communism but had close ties to the workers and union movement. Among its funders were several unions and syndicalist groups, as well as social democrats. Its founder and editor Ture Nerman was a former member of the Communist Party, but had left after it began to express support for Nazi Germany and the neutrality policy. 

The paper also investigated and exposed Nazi sympathisers in Sweden. At one point, it published an article titled “Hitler’s Swedish friends”, in which it listed the 178 Swedes with connections to the German Nazi Party. 

Unsurprisingly, the paper was charged multiple times under the new stringent press laws. By November 1939 Nerman had already been charged for offending a foreign head of state after publishing an article titled “Hitler’s machine of hell”, and was sentenced to three months in prison. The paper was also later forbidden to use public transportation to distribute its issues for nine months in 1940 and 1941, which initially hit it hard economically, but the resultant publicity ended up raising its readership. 

Ahead of its time, Trots allt! argued for what were then controversial laws against racist expression, as well as for the ban on Nazi organising in Sweden. The paper was active until the very end of the war, and reported on the early stages of the Nuremberg trials before it eventually closed in late 1945.

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