Anna-Leena Perämäki profile picture
Cultural History and European and World History


Areas of expertise

cultural history of writing
autobiographical sources
everyday life during world war II
women and children at war


I graduated from the Department of Cultural History as MA in 2009, and began my doctoral studies the same year. I succesfully defended my PhD thesis in 2020. My thesis "Kirjoitettu vaino. Selviytymiskeinot juutalaisvainoista nuorten naisten päiväkirjoissa 1940-luvun Ranskassa ja Alankomaissa" was on the survival tacticts in the diaries written by young Jewish women in France and in the Netherlands during the Second World War.

I am currently writing a Finnish non-fiction book based on my thesis. The book will be published in 2022 by Into Kustannus. I am also in the beginning of my postdoctoral project "Writings from the Occupied North. The Autobiographical Material and the Experience of the German Occupation in Denmark and Norway (1940 - 1945)".



My research interests include cultural history of writing, autobiographical sources, everyday life during the Second World War, women and children at war, and the Holocaust. During my doctoral studies, I focused on German-occupied France and the Netherlands, but I am also interested in the history of Finland and the other Nordic countries, especially in the 20th century.


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