And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain

by Åsbrink, Elisabeth; Published by Penguin Random House (2020)

Otto Ullmann, a Jewish boy, was sent from Austria to Sweden right before the outbreak of World War II. 13 year old Otto was granted permission to enter the country in accordance with the Swedish archbishop’s secret plan to save Jews on condition that they convert to Christianity. With thorough research, including files initiated by the predecessor to today’s Swedish Security Service (SÄPO) and 500+ letters, Elisabeth Åsbrink illustrates how Swedish society was infused with anti-Semitism, and how families are shattered by war and asylum politics.