Finnish military volunteers helped the Nazis commit the mass murders of Jews during the Second World War, according to a new report.
The authorities in the Nordic nation revealed Friday's findings in a 248-page independent government report that show that 1,408 Finnish volunteers, many aged 17-20, served in the SS Dance Division from 1941 to 1943 "They are very likely to have been involved in the murder of Jews, other civilians and prisoners of war as part of the German troops," said Suis Norteva, Director General of Finnish National Archives.
Finland proved to be "an example of a unique and exemplary civic courage", possessing its dark past, Holocaust historian Ephraim Zouroff of the Center of Simon Wiesenthal said on Sunday. Finland undertook a study of Zuroph's request in 201
After losing several territories by a Soviet invasion in 1939, Finland entered into a deal with Nazi Germany for material support against Moscow. The treaty also requires the Scandinavian side to provide about 400 volunteers for the SS Wiking division, a pact reluctantly revered, the report concluded.
"At the beginning of the attack (of the Soviet Union), the Finns did not know about the Germans' Purpose to Outlaw the Jews. The Finns were primarily interested in the struggle against the Soviet Union, "Norteva said, adding that" the starting point for the participation of the Finns is different from most of the other countries that joined the SS volunteers. "
The investigation was based on diaries of 76 such Finns – eight of whom are still alive today.
By the middle of 1943, the Finnish government felt that Germany was losing the war, and called home its SS volunteers – many of whom had left the rest of the war
"We share the responsibility to ensure that such atrocities never to repeat, "said Finnish Secretary of State Polla Lehtomaki.
With Cables of Mail