The Finnish military volunteers helped the Nazis mass murder of Jews during World War II, according to a new report
On Friday, the Scandinavian authorities found 248 pages of government-independent reports. which showed that in 1941-1943 Wiking for the SS Series Wiking served 1,408 Finnish volunteers – many from 17 to 20 years old.
"It is very likely that they were involved in the murder of Jews, other civilians and prisoners as part of the German SS army," said Jussi Nuorteva, Director General of the Finnish National Archives.
Finland has demonstrated a "unique and exemplary civic courage", having its dark past, Holocaust historian Efraim Zuroff of Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Sunday. Finland conducted an investigation at the request of Zuroff in 201
After 1939 After losing several territories to the Soviet invasion, Finland concluded an agreement with Nazi Germany on material support against Moscow. However, the agreement also required the Nordic countries to give about 400 volunteers to the SS Wiking, a pact he was reluctant to honor, in a report
: "At the beginning of the attack (for the Soviet Union), the Finns were unaware of the purpose of the Germans to kill Jews. The Finns are primarily interested in the struggle against the Soviet Union, ”said Norteva, adding that“ The starting point for Finland's participation was different compared to many other countries that joined the SS foreign volunteers.
The study was based on the diaries of 76 such Finns, eight of which remain alive
in 1943. In the mid-19th century, the Finnish government realized that Germany was losing its war and called its SS volunteers – many of them serving the rest of the Finnish army
"We are responsible for never repeating such atrocities," said Finnish State Secretary Paula Lehtomaki .