JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Finns who fought alongside Germans in WWII #general

Peter Lebensold <peterlebensold@...>

Fascinating article in Sunday's London Telegraph:


The newspaper's headline has it wrong: These people weren't fighting
*for* Hitler but *against* Finland's long-time enemy Russia/Soviet Union.  
But the fact is that, seeing themselves as Finns first and Jews second,
more than 300 Finnish Jews apparently fought alongside German troops
against the Soviet Union.  In fact, according to this article, three
Jews were even awarded the Iron Cross!  Nor do they seem to have hidden
the fact of their Jewishness.

Surnames mentioned in the article are: SKURNICK, LIVSON, KLASS, the
nurses STEINBOCK and POLJAKOFF, and the four brothers BLANKETT.

Peter Lebensold

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