‘I wrote a book about my Nazi grandparents – but it’s also a universal tale’

‘I wrote a book about my Nazi grandparents – but it’s also a universal tale’

Brazilian-born author Julie Lindahl speaks to The Local about finding out that her German grandparents were members of Hitler’s elite SS, the ways in which writing her book, The Pendulum, helped her process the trauma – and how she’s now using the experience to speak out against a growing politics of exclusion in Sweden and globally.

Fifa opens case against Germany staff accused of ‘rubbing it in Sweden’s faces’

Fifa opens case against Germany staff accused of ‘rubbing it in Sweden’s faces’

Swedish PM Stefan Löfven to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin

Swedish PM Stefan Löfven to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin

German drug peddler, 83, busted in Sweden after golf course mishap

German drug peddler, 83, busted in Sweden after golf course mishap

PODCAST: Weird Christmas traditions and learning Swedish with IKEA

PODCAST: Weird Christmas traditions and learning Swedish with IKEA

‘Germany is Sweden’s most important EU ally post-Brexit’

‘Germany is Sweden’s most important EU ally post-Brexit’

‘Achtung! Fake news’: Germany rebuts Sweden travel warning

‘Achtung! Fake news’: Germany rebuts Sweden travel warning

Coffee, cash and Eurovision: Eight differences between Germany and Sweden

Coffee, cash and Eurovision: Eight differences between Germany and Sweden

Swedish police carry out check on Berlin flight to Stockholm

Swedish police carry out check on Berlin flight to Stockholm

Swede was ‘shoved’ under train by man with ‘violent past’

Swede was ‘shoved’ under train by man with ‘violent past’

Greenpeace barred from Vattenfall brown coal bid

Greenpeace barred from Vattenfall brown coal bid

Greenpeace mulls Vattenfall plant takeover

Greenpeace mulls Vattenfall plant takeover

Sweden defends subs after Australia snub

Sweden defends subs after Australia snub

Berlin pensioners take on Swedish property giant

Berlin pensioners take on Swedish property giant

Goals galore as Sweden falls to Germany

Goals galore as Sweden falls to Germany

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker

Germans look to sink Swedish sub maker

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme

Swedes snub German apprentice scheme

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Sweden followed Nazi marriage laws

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Why should the world care how Sweden votes?

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Armed German headed for Sweden

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Baltic pipeline ‘could damage environment’

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German controversy over Swedish childcare

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Germany tightens border controls

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Swedish politician arrested in Germany

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‘High explosives’ on motorway crash truck

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Germany ferries cancelled due to strike

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German Vattenfall boss resigns over nuclear incidents

Sweden to close embassies

Sweden to close embassies

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Vattenfall to restart German reactors

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Vattenfall removes new chief

Danish politician stakes claim to Swedish territory

Danish politician stakes claim to Swedish territory

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German pimp suspect arrested in Sweden

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100 Swedes in Liechtenstein tax probe

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Arboga murder suspect released in Germany

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German man admits to killing Swede

Swede held for dramatic 1995 German bank robbery

Swede held for dramatic 1995 German bank robbery

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Swede risks double jeopardy for German heist

Looming Lufthansa strike threatens Swedes’ holidays

Looming Lufthansa strike threatens Swedes’ holidays

German murder suspect takes the stand

German murder suspect takes the stand

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Swedish fund invests in Daimler

Reinfeldt and Merkel talk tough on Georgia

Reinfeldt and Merkel talk tough on Georgia

Court: German woman ‘guilty of murder’

Court: German woman ‘guilty of murder’

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Elderly woman in Arlanda baggage belt mix up

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Lay judge resigns from Arboga murder case

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‘No new trial’ in Arboga murder case

Court dismisses Arboga retrial bid

Court dismisses Arboga retrial bid

German woman ‘can be jailed’

German woman ‘can be jailed’

Marital woes prompt Swede to flee country and fabricate crime

Marital woes prompt Swede to flee country and fabricate crime

Slander accusations at Arboga killer appeal

Slander accusations at Arboga killer appeal

Sweden to ban mercury

Sweden to ban mercury

TV interview sparks Holocaust denial probe

TV interview sparks Holocaust denial probe

Sweden won’t hasten pipeline approval

Sweden won’t hasten pipeline approval

Life sentence upheld for Arboga killer

Life sentence upheld for Arboga killer

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Swedes sought in Germany following neo-Nazi violence

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Neo-Nazis ‘part of violent German-Swedish network’

What does Sweden have against rational Nordic energy solutions?

What does Sweden have against rational Nordic energy solutions?

Arboga murderer appeals conviction a second time

Arboga murderer appeals conviction a second time

High speed Swede in court in Germany

High speed Swede in court in Germany

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Swedish navy locates German WWII mines

Bildt blasé over German EU delay

Bildt blasé over German EU delay

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German court convicts high-speed Swede

Vattenfall suffers German nuclear setback

Vattenfall suffers German nuclear setback

Sweden’s biggest nuke plant under observation

Sweden’s biggest nuke plant under observation

More safety concerns for Vattenfall reactor in Germany

More safety concerns for Vattenfall reactor in Germany

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Merkel attacks Vattenfall over reactor

Speed demon Swede fined in Germany

Speed demon Swede fined in Germany

Swedish Rail Destinations: Berlin

Swedish Rail Destinations: Berlin

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Terrified Swede in rental car snake escape

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Swede gives millions to German anti-Islam party

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SEB may sell German retail banking business

Swedes in semis at hockey worlds

Swedes in semis at hockey worlds

Swedes settle for world hockey bronze

Swedes settle for world hockey bronze

Volvo sales continue rise in Europe

Volvo sales continue rise in Europe

Sweden home to more than 48,000 millionaires

Sweden home to more than 48,000 millionaires

Ambassador gracious in Spanish defeat

Ambassador gracious in Spanish defeat

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SEB ‘has turned the page’ in Baltics

Sweden’s Rosenberg heading to Spain

Sweden’s Rosenberg heading to Spain

Vattenfall keeps German plants despite cost cuts

Vattenfall keeps German plants despite cost cuts

Scania in merger talks with Germany’s MAN

Scania in merger talks with Germany’s MAN

Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate

Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate

Sweden’s Arla in merger talks with German co-op

Sweden’s Arla in merger talks with German co-op

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner claims world ski bronze

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner claims world ski bronze

Arla announces merger with German dairy co-op

Arla announces merger with German dairy co-op

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German man dead after falling into Swedish lake

Sweden critical of German nuclear decision

Sweden critical of German nuclear decision

Vattenfall ‘may gain’ from German nuclear move

Vattenfall ‘may gain’ from German nuclear move

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Swedish man charged with child sex in Haiti

German police probe Ikea blast links

German police probe Ikea blast links

Ikea beefs up store security following blasts

Ikea beefs up store security following blasts

Vattenfall ‘worst’ nuclear power firm in Europe

Vattenfall ‘worst’ nuclear power firm in Europe

Swedes undone by rampant Japan

Swedes undone by rampant Japan

German eatery refused King and Silvia

German eatery refused King and Silvia

Swedish artist plunges to his death in Germany

Swedish artist plunges to his death in Germany

Swedish Pirates salute German success

Swedish Pirates salute German success

Ikea blasts linked to extortion scheme

Ikea blasts linked to extortion scheme

‘Record’ salmon pulled from Swedish stream

‘Record’ salmon pulled from Swedish stream

From Sweden to Germany in search of cheap booze

From Sweden to Germany in search of cheap booze

Vattenfall suing Germany over nuke phaseout

Vattenfall suing Germany over nuke phaseout

German theologian: Pippi Longstocking is racist

German theologian: Pippi Longstocking is racist

Ikea boss sacked for ‘pro-Nazi’ Facebook posts

Ikea boss sacked for ‘pro-Nazi’ Facebook posts

Nazi-era mine washes ashore in Sweden

Nazi-era mine washes ashore in Sweden

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe

Swedish supermodel sheds clothes for naked luge race

Swedish supermodel sheds clothes for naked luge race

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Swedish company sent Swastikas to Germany

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink

Ikea also used Cuban prison labour: report

Ikea also used Cuban prison labour: report

German ambassador: ‘Sweden feels like home’

German ambassador: ‘Sweden feels like home’

US airman emerges in Sweden after 28 years

US airman emerges in Sweden after 28 years

Sweden deserter ‘still a wanted man’: US military

Sweden deserter ‘still a wanted man’: US military

‘Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf’

‘Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf’

Vattenfall sues Germany over nuke power move

Vattenfall sues Germany over nuke power move

Swedes windsurf to Germany in record time

Swedes windsurf to Germany in record time

Ikea to build ‘district’ in northern Germany

Ikea to build ‘district’ in northern Germany

Germany fears Zlatan ahead of Sweden clash

Germany fears Zlatan ahead of Sweden clash

Sweden shocks Germany with historic comeback

Sweden shocks Germany with historic comeback

Swedish press hails ‘miracle in Berlin’

Swedish press hails ‘miracle in Berlin’

Women stage topless demo at Ikea in Germany

Women stage topless demo at Ikea in Germany

Vattenfall in nuclear spat with Germany

Vattenfall in nuclear spat with Germany

Sweden in goalless draw against Ireland

Sweden in goalless draw against Ireland

Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers

Germany scraps quarantine requirement for Swedish travellers

‘The image of Sweden in Germany is quite old-fashioned’

‘The image of Sweden in Germany is quite old-fashioned’

Prime Minister details ‘Sweden Together’ push

Prime Minister details ‘Sweden Together’ push

Sweden and Germany push for refugee sharing

Sweden and Germany push for refugee sharing

Sweden takes lead in EU Balkan visa push

Sweden takes lead in EU Balkan visa push

Allergic youth ill after Swedish embassy lunch

Allergic youth ill after Swedish embassy lunch

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Lawyer appeals Arboga murder conviction

Child murder suspect ‘lied to police’

Child murder suspect ‘lied to police’

German suspect’s interrogation begins

German suspect’s interrogation begins