The Lapp King's Daughter: A Family Journey Through Finland's Wars

The Lapp King's Daughter: A Family Journey Through Finland's Wars

by Stina Katchadourian


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During World War II, Finland was caught in the middle of the power struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Against all odds, Finland emerged from this perilous period having suffered widespread devastation but also as the only European country, apart from Britain, not occupied by foreign forces.

This story of a Finnish family during World War II combines a gripping correspondence between the author's parents, who were separated by the war, with the interspersed memories of the author, who was their youngest child. While her father was at the front fighting the Soviets, her mother moved the family around the country, ending up on a farm on the Arctic Circle, trying to keep her daughters safe. When war broke out with Germany where they were, the author's family fled in the nick of time to Sweden. Throughout this historic drama are a tapestry of letters and family stories, along with the touching voice of the little girl Stina, whose observations, reflections, and worries move the reader along to the dramatic conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564744982
Publisher: Daniel, John & Company, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Letters 15

1 The Winter War 25

2 Stalin or Hitler? 35

3 Russian Weather 46

4 An Unusually Obstinate People 55

5 Stalin Strikes 60

6 To Lapland 75

7 Lapland Empties 101

8 Lapland Burns 114

9 The Lapp King's Daughter 126

10 Do Horses Get Homesick? 141

11 Thinking Home 149

12 From All Evil Things He Spares Them 154

Epilogue 164

Chronology 169

Bibliography 173

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