Orphanage No. 7 in Taganrog was one of the former Soviet orphanages that came into contact with the new charity early on, in the form of summer vacation exchanges with Swedish host families. The reality Swedish visitors encountered in Taganrog and elsewhere, however, was not always of the dreaded kind — a destitute shelter for desperate children abandoned by the world — although such a description was at times apt, especially in reference to homes for the mentally disabled. What they found instead were tangible traces and elements of entirely different plans and ambitions.
PhD, director of the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University. Specializes in the labor movement, socialism, racism, and anti-Semitism. Developments in the Soviet Union and Russia are one of his research focuses.