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At the time, Danielsson was 38 years old. She was of Polish heritage and her mother had been sent to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, and survived. Danielsson was so furious about having to see the Nordic Reich Party demonstrators marching in her Woman in Vaxjo that she lashed.
Her mother was in a concentration camp during WW2. It was published in several newspapers and sparked fierce debate in Sweden, according to the website Rare Historical Photos.
While the image persists as an iconic moment of protest, Woman in Vaxjo story has a grim coda. Within im years of the photo being taken, Danielsson had committed suicide, reportedly unable to handle the intense scrutiny and publicity that the photo brought with it.
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