Julie Lindahl is an author and educator living in Sweden. In 2010 she visited the German Federal Archives to discover that her grandparents were SS in occupied Poland throughout the duration of WWII. She was born in Brazil as a result of their flight to Latin America in 1960 as war crimes trials reopened in the Federal Republic of Germany. During her six-year journey in which she visited archives and interviewed eyewitnesses in Germany, Poland and Latin America, she was named Stevens Traveling Fellow by Wellesley College in 2015-16 and Honorary Research Associate, University College London 2013-15 in connection with their ongoing project concerning reverberations of war and genocide in later generations.
Julie writes and speaks widely about her experiences at schools and other learning institutions, and is a contributor to WBUR Cognoscenti (National Public Radio Boston). The writing of her memoir about her experiences is supported by the Swedish Author’s Fund.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum Laude) in English Literature from Wellesley College and an M.Phil. in International Relations (awarded an Overseas Research Scholarship) from Oxford University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt, Germany. She was raised in ten countries on three continents, and worked in many countries during her years as a consultant in the developing world.
She is the founder of Stories for Society, a non-profit organization for renewing the art of group story-telling among youth for social transformation.
Awards and Recognition
- 2010, Awarded a prize for best back cover text from Gather Community Press to publish "Rose in the Sand," an account of ten years lived on an isolated island in Scandinavia.
- 2015-2016 Recipient of The Stevens Traveling Fellowship, Wellesley College, in support of the writing and research for my book "The Pendulum."
- 2016-2017 Recipient of a writer's grant from the Swedish Author's Fund.