Hédi Fried

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Hedi Fried is a writer and psychologist dedicated to spreading the message of the importance of democracy to combat xenophobia. She uses her own experiences as a Holocaust survivor to address these issues. She was born in 1924 in the town of Sighet in Hungary (now Romania), and lives since 1945 in Stockholm, Sweden. 


Graduated from Cluj University, Cluj, Hungary 1942. Teacher's Exam, Miskolc 1943. B.A. in Psychology and Pedagogy, Stockholm University 1957. M.A. in Psychology 1980. Honorary Doctorate, Stockholm University, Social Sciences 2002.


 Manager of Nissen-Preminger AB, importing medical supplies 1962-1972. General Manager of American Company Becton & Dickinson 1972-1977. From 1984 Director of Café 84, a Psychosocial Day Care Center for Survivors. Dialogue Seminars between parents and children. Holocaust Lecturer, advisor to the Government. From 2001 engaged in teaching the class Facing History and Ourselves: What do we learn from Auschwitz? at the Stockholm Teacher Educational Institute.


Member of Planning Committee for Forum for Living History, Holocaust Museum and Ecudational Center
Member of Wallenberg Committee
Member of PEN

    Awards and Distinctions

1997 Swedish Geropsychologist Organization "for untiring humanitarian work"
1997 Swedish County Award for fighting Xenophobia
1998 Swedish Government "Illis Quorum, for educational and therapeutic work"
1999 Swedish Peace Prize
1999 European of the Year
2000 Culture Prize "for fighting for a human and democratic culture"
2000 Award from De Nio "for cultural activity"
2001 Award from Stockholm Jewish Community
2002 Honorary Doctorate, University of Stockholm
2010 Award Yad Vashem: for work in schools about the Holocaust

2014 Theodor Herzl Prize

Current Work

Gives lectures about her experiences during the Holocaust to school children and general public in the whole country. This within the scope of Forum för levande historia. Uses the method "Facing History and Ourselves". Founded The Michael A. Fried Foundation 2001, which awards scholarships to teachers who distinguing themselves in teaching about xenophobia.