Jovan Rajs

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Jovan Rajs is a professor emeritus of forensic medicine at Karolinska institutet in Stockholm. He was born in 1933 in the small town of Petrovgrad (now Zrenjanin) in Jugoslavia (now Serbia). During WWII he lost his entire family in connection with the Holocaust. He himself survived as a ”hidden child”, in ghettos, slave labour and concentration camps. He moved to Sweden 1968 with his wife Dina Rajs and their two daughters.


High school degree in Zrenjanin 1952. Medical faculty in Belgrade 1959. Expert degree in forensic medicine in Belgrade 1964. Expert in clinical pathology, Sweden 1971. Expert in forensic medicine in Sweden 1975. Ph.D at Karolinska institutet in Stockholm 1978. Docent 1980, professor of forensics at Karolinska institutet in Stockholm 1986.


Postdoctoral fellow at the forensic department at the Medical Faculty in Belgrade 1960-1968. Assistant doctor and adjunct chief physician at the pathology ward at University Hospital in Linköping 1968 – 1974. Assistant doctor and adjunct chief physician at the Forensic Medical Office in Solna 1974 – 1986. Professor of forensic medicine at Karolinska institutet and chief physician at Rättsmedicinalverket (forensics ward) in Solna 1995-1999.

Memberships etc.

Member in SFF (Swedish writer’s association)
Represented at the Jewish Museum in Stockholm and at Memorial (Gedenkstätte) Bergen-Belsen, Germany.

Current Work

Lectures in forensic medicine in a special course on crime investigation at the Juridical faculty, Stockholms university. Lectures on literary research at Folkuniversitetet in Stockholm. Gives lectures, both alone and together with his wife Dina Rajs, about his childhood during the Holocaust to school children and general public in the whole country. This within the scope of SKMA (The Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism), ”Forum för levande historia and ”Sensus salonger”. Member in FFÖ (Holocaust survivors association). Part-owner in RättArk AB. Area: Forensic advice, literary work.