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The Demidenko Scandal

Helen Demidenko's novel, The Hand That Signed the Paper, won the Vogel Award for a first novel in 1994, which was followed in 1995 by the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, the Miles Franklin Award, as well as the Gold Medal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. The novel relates events of the holocaust in Ukraine which Helen Demidenko falsely claimed to have drawn from the experience of her alleged Ukrainian family and it has unleashed a storm of controversy. Some of the many voices in this tumult are reproduced here.



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