Author Archives: Torgny Segerstedt

Living: 1876 - 1945

Place of birth: Karlstad

Torgny Segerstedt was a Swedish publicist and historian of religion. He is best known for his clear stance against German National Socialism, before and during World War II, as editor-in-chief of the Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfarts-Tidning (GHT). GHT was one of only two newspapers in the whole of Sweden that dared to give space to Vilhelm Moberg's critical articles. His grave in Kviberg cemetery in Gothenburg became a place of pilgrimage after the end of peace, especially for Norwegians.

The essence of our time

"It seems as if the trees of mankind were among those that bloom only in the storm. When [...]

Wild Geese

"The free birds are ploughing their way through space. Many of them may not reach their [...]

The Swedish Spring

"Our generation must take a stand on that side in the battle for justice and sanity and [...]

About "the presumption and the tantery"

Torgny Segerstedt responds in 1938 to a debate calling for a ban on "fake medicines"

On secrecy...

First published in GHT on 27/12 1938

The lesson of Nazism

Torgny Segerstedt on the lesson of Nazism, published in the column IDAG in GHT on 4 January 1943

In times of transition

Published on 12 October 1940 in the column IDAG in Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning (GHT).

The thoughtlessness of fathers

"True freedom consists in thinking and acting rightly. To decide what is right [...]

These damn newspapers

Published on 13 December 1939 in the column IDAG in Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning (GHT).

Freedom of the press and self-censorship

"The freedom of the press is always a thorn in the side of those who wish to [...]