A century of change

My grandfather was born in 1906. At the time, Sweden was not exactly the welfare state it would one day become—not so strange, seeing as the concept of a welfare state had as yet not seen the light of the day. Like in most European countries, Swedish society in the early 20th century was divided …

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Just another mother

My great-grandmother, Sigrid, had nine children. When she was pregnant with the last of these, her husband told her he “ couldn’t cope” and upped and left. Nice guy. And yet Sigrid never uttered one single negative word about him. “He was a weak man,” she’d sigh. “How can I blame him for that?” I would. As …

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