Jovan Rajs

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Har du träffat Hitler? (Have you met Hitler?) (Norstedts 2009)


“In the spring of 1944 I was deported, together with over 400 000 Hungarian Jews, to the smoky world of the Third Reich's concentration camps. I wandered through ghettoes, slave work and concentration camps and survived through somewhat too many un-explicable coincidences.”

Have you met Hitler? contains six autobiographic stories connected to racism and the Holocaust. In The yellow piece of cloth the sight of a little piece of cloth reminds the author of the star of David he once had to wear. In The Gleaners and the Angelus he spends a sleepless night in the bed of his recently deceased old relative, while short, film-like sequences visualize repressed memories. A lucky day in Bergen-Belsen describes a day in one of the nastiest concentration camps from an eleven year old boy’s angle. Here over sixty named and correctly numbered prisoners pass in review. Role calls, maltreatment, hunger, death, rats and lice mix with songs and memories of the time of peace. In Hungarians’ Camp the author returns after sixty years to the camp, now a research and information center. Here the insight grows that young Germans cannot be blamed for the deeds of their fathers. Hunting safari in Sweden points out that racism should not lightly be attributed to other countries and ages. Here Sweden’s most notorious racist serial killer, the “laser man”, is brought into focus, and in the story Have you met Hitler? the author is listing the questions of his listeners, swedish youth, and presents his answers. It is a discussion about serious exictential problems.

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Nordens farligaste kvinna (Scandinavia's most dangerous woman ) (Norstedts 2007, Månpocket 2008)


Police work has changed considerably over the last few decades. The technical evidence is playing an increasingly important role, both in the preparatory stage and in the courts. This is where the new age of television and thriller heroes come in: the forensic experts. Those who analyze samples from crime scene investigations and forensic examinations of the living and the dead in order to secure the tracks. Tracks leading to the offender. But it's not just in the fictional world of television series and detectives forensic experts play a crucial role in murder investigations. Jovan Rajs, a retired forensic pathologist, talks in “Scandinavia's most dangerous woman” about some of the dramatic, true, and sometimes nasty murder cases where he and his colleagues were able to produce evidence that led to the riddles resolution and to a conviction.

Fallet Osmo Vallo (The Case of Osmo Vallo) (Norstedts 2003)


In 1995 the 41-year-old Osmo Vallo died in a suburb to Karlstad while being seized by the police. Witnesses told how the police sent a dog on him and stepped on his back. They heard a cracking sound, and shortly thereafter, he was lifeless. At the autopsy the forensic experts found dog bites and wounds, but the cause of death was stated as stress and drug abuse. Osmos mother Signe Modén now started a stubborn battle with the authorities to get the truth about what really happened. The fight was many years long and included a large number of newspaper articles and television programs. Finally, a second autopsy was conducted, followed by re-examinations, lost body parts, fights between experts and extensive reports. Jovan Rajs, Professor Emeritus of Forensic Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, ultimately got the State General Attorney's mission to perform a third autopsy of Osmo Vallo. In his book he investigates the circumstances surrounding the death of Osmo to disclose a cause of death and answer the question: Why is the truth so dangerous?

Ombud för de tystade (Spokesman for the silenced) (Norstedts 2001) with Kristina Hjertén. In Serbian translation: Jovan Rajs i Kristina Hjerten: Opunomocenik ucutkanih (Partenon 2004)


Both "The Bomb Man" and "The Laser Man" had gone free had it not been for the forensic expert Jovan Rajs. He played an important role to bind "The Dissector" and "The General Practitioner" to the dismemberment of Catrine da Costa. Jovan Rajs, professor of forensic medicine, has become known in connection with some of the recent years most noticed legal cases. But Rajs has another powerful story to tell. He is a Jew, born in Serbia in 1933, the year Hitler took over the power. Rajs’ family was large and colorful and almost everyone were exterminated during the war. Jovan himself hid at relatives in Hungary, but ended up in concentration camps. When he managed to survive, he decided to become a spokesman for all those who could no longer make themselves heard, both his family as others who were exterminated. Therefore, he decided to become a forensic pathologist and a dissector: an spokesman for the silenced. Kristina Hjertén, fil lic (religious history), is an author and playwright.

Reviews     Pages concerning Theresienstadt

Narkotika - ett livsfarligt beroende (Narcotics – a deadly habit) (Nya Doxa, FRN 1998) with Anna Fugelstad


Alarming figures show that drug use is increasing again, and thus also the number of people dying from it. The authors look at what should be included in drug-related deaths - many drug users die of other causes than what we call overdose.

Scientific Publications