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The German translation of Trapped in the Cold War appeared in September 1996 under the title Departure Delayed with the Europäische Verlagsanstalt (EVA) of Hamburg as publisher.

The book's publication was timed to coincide with the official opening of the Swiss documentary film Noel Field, the Invented Spy which relates to the same Cold War incident that forms the substance of the book.  Thus the two reinforced each other in building up a unique level of public interest.  Hermann Field, who had made the film possible through his special access to the closed files in Hungary dealing with details of his brother's interrogation and who appears as a witness at several points in the film, participated in on-stage audience discussions at successive openings.  The film won top honors and awards at successive film festivals.  It was featured on German, Austrian, Swiss and French television.  An English language version of the film had its first U.S. showing at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1998.

       The book received unusually broad reviewer attention 1997, including extensive reviews in Germany's most widely circulated papers such as Die Welt of Munich, Die Zeit and the Frankfurter Zeitung.

       The Polish language edition appeared in April 1997.  Its publisher is the Panstwowy Instytut Wydawnicy (PIW) of Warsaw, Poland's leading publishing house. Both authors were invited to Warsaw for the occasion which was publicized through an invitational meeting in the book publishers' club in Warsaw's Old Town.  Chapters from the book were read by a Polish actress.  Simultaneous translation allowed both authors to address the participants and to take part in a question and answer session.  Since the events of that time have left their mark on several generations of Poles and the setting of the cellar confinement of those five years is on the outskirts of Warsaw, there was a special immediacy in Poland in our account, reflected in a wide public interest.

       Stalin's show trials, calculated to wipe out much of the leadership in the communist satellite countries-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland-was one of the most devastating moments of the early Cold War, a sequence of events triggered unfortunately by abduction of members of the American Field family, inevitably catapulting these events to the center of the international scene at that time.  A reexamination of this bit of history has become a major area of public interest in Europe.  To a lesser extent there now appears a resurgent interest likewise in this country which Trapped in the Cold War would seem to fit into.

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