HELSINGIN SANOMAT international

Culture - Tuesday 18.11.2003

Book on Finland's wartime deportations generates considerable interest abroad

By Unto Hämäläinen

"The interest of international news agencies and newspapers took me completely by surprise. It has been considerable", says researcher Elina Sana.
   
She estimates that she has given more then ten interviews in the week following the publication by Helsingin Sanomat of an advance review of her book Luovutetut ("The Extradited") on November 1. In addition, the English-language version of the review has been distributed to several journalists and researchers (see link).
   
The inquiries still continued on Monday, when the book itself was published. After the Finnish-language press conference Sana had to give separate interviews to foreign journalists and to discuss the results of her research.
   
Requests for interviews have poured in from the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States, as well as Central Europe and Britain. There has also been interest in Israel in Sana's research.

Helsingin Sanomat / First published in print 11.11.2003

More on this subject:
 Wartime refugees made pawns in cruel diplomatic game
 Book on Finland's wartime deportations generates considerable interest abroad

Previously in HS International Edition:
 More than just eight deportations to Nazi Germany (4.11.2003)


UNTO HÄMÄLÄINEN / Helsingin Sanomat
unto.hamalainen@sanoma.fi

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