Oula Silvennoinen

Still under Examination: Coming to Terms with Finland’s Alliance with Nazi Germany


Though Finland fought on the side of the Axis in 1941–1944, Finns have so far enjoyed an unblemished reputation regarding Nazi war crimes and the Holocaust. A recurrent theme in the Finnish public discourse is that Finland fought her own war and had nothing to do with Nazi atrocities. In the current article, the author analyzes the background for the formation of such perceptions, closely tied to the postwar position of Finland as a neighbor sharing a border with the then Soviet Union. The article also presents an initial analysis of results obtained by recent scholarship and the challenge these pose to the traditional views of historians.