"Swedish rasforskare looted in the 1800s Finnish cemeteries on skulls and skeletons. Now requires aktivistföreningar to the skulls, which are still at the Karolinska Institute, is handed back to Finland."
"We want to Finnish the remains should be returned to the hembyarna and that they are buried," says Anders Ali Jonasson to Sisuradion. "
"In the end of 1800-century, three researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, among other things, rasforskaren Gustaf Retzius, to Finland. The purpose was to loot the abandoned and unattended cemeteries of skeletons and skulls. "
"most of the skulls were dug up at the cemetery in Pälkäne in Häme, according to Sveriges Radio. The cemetery länsades largely on the dead who have been put to final rest. "
"There are still 82 skulls left in the Karolinska institutet, KI, custody who have been identified as Finnish, around half comes from gravskändningar, writes SR. Most of them are marked with a ”pimple”. "
"”the Remains to be returned”"
"Now has the requirement been raised from, among others, aktivistgruppen ”the Committee for the return of the Finnish remains” that the skulls should be returned to Finland. "
"We want to Finnish the remains should be returned to the hembyarna and that they are buried," says Andreas Ali Jonasson, representative for the group to Sisuradion."
"was Seen as a non-european race"
"Finn was seen, according to the race theory, as a non-european race, and Finnish skulls were therefore considered to be extra interesting to measure and conduct research on. "
"– Many of the wrongs that have occurred vis-à-vis sverigefinnarna in history you can trace to this rasforskningen, " says Andreas Ali Jonasson, in an interview with SVT in the past in december. "
"the Formal requirements of the stop the return"
"In december submitted a request letter to KI. It has been signed by 34 individuals and organizations. But despite the fact that the CIS welcomes the initiative so it is not enough with a letter from the individuals for that they should have the authority to hand back the skulls. "
"– At the present time would it be required that a question came formally from the Finnish authorities or government representatives, " says Maria Josephson Mary Josephson, administrators and medical historian at the Karolinska Institute, to the radio."