"A way can be a guide, but not a fixed path; names can be given, but not permanent labels." - Tao Te Ching
Julie Lindahl is a critically acclaimed multi-national author and activist living in Sweden.
Following a six-year journey in Europe and Latin America in which she discovered her grandparents' role in the Third Reich, her memoir, The Pendulum, was published and earned wide praise in the US and in Sweden. She was awarded a Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship and was named Honorary Associate, University College London for her research.
Her work has been featured several times by National Public Radio, the BBC World Service, and German and Swedish national television (See Events & Media). In 2022 her TEDx Talk, Who Has the Right to History, was shared with TED's 35+ million subscribers. In 2019 Swedish musical duo Adolphson & Falk released a song based on her story.
She has worked hands-on to strengthen democracy and human rights as an activist in local communities in Sweden, and as an educator in schools and other academic institutions in Europe and the US. She often collaborates closely wth Holocaust survivors and their descendants, frequently as a partner in public conversations.
Through her non-profit organization, Stories for Society, which she founded in 2010 to renew the art of storytelling for social transformation, she has worked in Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the US supporting children and adolescents to explore complex social issues. Stories for Society has often worked with questions underlying the strengthening of democracy and human rights, as well as skills that strengthen trust and empathy.
Her previous books and columns focused on Nordic/Swedish culture and the home she found living with her family on a small Swedish island.
Julie holds a B.A. Magna cum Laude in English Literature from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA with a thesis on Shakespeare's tragic heroes. Her M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University focused on German-Polish relations in the 20th century. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt, Germany. Raised in ten countries on three continents, she worked globally as a consultant in the developing world.
As a beekeeper, gardening and micro-farming enthusiast, Julie is passionate about protecting pollinating insects and the natural world.