Finland: Forgotten children of German soldiers | Focus on Europe

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  • Published on Aug 13, 2015
  • In Finland during WWII, German soldiers fathered many children with local women. After the war, the mothers were frequently ostracized and their children demonized as bastards. Only recently have mothers and children started to break their silence.
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Comments • 49

  • Henry Somermeri
    Henry Somermeri 19 days ago

    Jee suomi :P

  • Fantastic Grodon
    Fantastic Grodon Month ago +1

    they betrayed us and then cried when we reacted to it.......... oooooh noooo how dare we did such things.....

  • A degenerate
    A degenerate 3 months ago

    "Mitäs perkele kuuluu?" :D

  • connect your humanity
    connect your humanity 7 months ago

    run SS ruuuunnnnnn

  • Alfred Enisz
    Alfred Enisz 8 months ago +3

    At least they were not treated as badly as the Norwegian Lebensborn children.

  • Jonathan Allen
    Jonathan Allen 9 months ago

    His German father looks half Jewish ...nice how Finland refused to turn their Jews over to Hitler and then alot of them ended up fighting right next to the Nazis. That whole war was retarded

  • lancelot1953
    lancelot1953 9 months ago +1

    Viewers should understand that in all wars, including our modern "surgical" wars - during the chaos and fog of war, displacement, abuses, rapes, internments, collapse of societal infrastructure, etc. Innocent or not-so-innocent women get pregnant - war is chaos. This happens in ALL wars (WW I, WW II, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, and most of all WW II whether in the European or Pacific Theaters. It also involves soldiers of all countries i.e. whether from one side or the other. War is hell.
    During my years as Liaison Officer (US Navy) with the French Marine Nationale, I served as interpreter to reunite French children of American soldiers who had impregnated French women during our liberation of France (and Germany) - same took place in England and Italy. The fate of these (for the most part abandoned children) was terrible - regardless who their fathers were.
    Ciao, L

  • Gregory Mac
    Gregory Mac 10 months ago +1

    I can understand him not wanting to upset his mother but she was being selfish.

  • WWYD78
    WWYD78 Year ago

    He is a mongrel not a German. Jewish or one of their refugees, just like today.

    • WWYD78
      WWYD78 Year ago

      His mom is as Jewish as Jewish can be. This is part of the war against Germany and all other Aryan stock of Adam.

  • Ya Mom
    Ya Mom Year ago +4

    Finland is a good place

  • Doby Pilgrim
    Doby Pilgrim Year ago +25

    Finnish history during WWII (and before) was ENTIRELY honorable. And admirable. Mannerheim is one of my personal military heroes

  • Jim Key
    Jim Key 2 years ago +9

    One can understand the derision by some Finns, especially children; it is in thier nature. The children of Finnish Women and German soldiers were completely innocent. Hopefully they did not shear the heads of women who loved German soldiers.

    • Carla venero
      Carla venero 5 months ago

      They did in France. Shaved their heads.

    • mikrokupu
      mikrokupu Year ago +11

      No sheared heads in Finland after the WW2. Finland was never occupied by Germans (or Soviets) so the situation was different from Norway or France. A German father was a taboo, something not a talk about but the public reaction was not as harsh as in Norway for an example.

  • Stobus44
    Stobus44 2 years ago

    What was the fathers name? Rudolf Emern?

  • Laurance Robinson
    Laurance Robinson 2 years ago +11

    The Finnish German relationship of WW2 is a complex topic that rarely sees the light of day in the English speaking world. It is easy to say Finland supported the Nazis but the relationship is a whole lot more complex.
    The Lapland War is a shame on Finland's record. It was a war they were enthusiastic about.

    • Tapani Talvinko
      Tapani Talvinko 5 months ago

      Pardon! Meant replace Order of Liberty Cross! The shape(form or model) is same than George Cross except those lions swords etc. Sorry😰

    • Tapani Talvinko
      Tapani Talvinko 5 months ago

      +Laurance Robinson One addition please: Decoration was established by general Mannerheim in 1919 to replace St George Cross. It is enameled white cross where between points are the heads of Finland's lion with swords up! Ribbon is deep blue. I am not sure about my english translation but in Wikipedia you can easily read more. Many thanks of yous congratulations, soon we have Independece Day 6.12. And SVR R in my breast.

    • Laurance Robinson
      Laurance Robinson 5 months ago

      +Tapani Talvinko not the Cross but the 5th class of the award, Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun ritari (SVR R).
      Congrats on yours too. I would love to one day receive an award of such a magnitude in Finland myself.

    • Tapani Talvinko
      Tapani Talvinko 5 months ago +1

      +Laurance Robinson He has received the Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland. ( Me too )!

    • Nice Guy
      Nice Guy Year ago

      Game-Caliber umm

  • tyler higgins
    tyler higgins 2 years ago +65

    The Germans must have felt especially betrayed by Finland, when Finland was forced by Stalin to declare war on Germany. After all they were comrades in arms against a common and terrible enemy, and without German arms and assistance Finland could not have achieved the spectacular victory at Tali-Ihantala which saved the nation from communist occupation. The Lappland War actually saw little fighting, Germans and Finns were loathe to fight one another so the German withdrawal and Finnish advance were coordinated. The real criminals were the Soviet Union, and the Western Allies who abandoned Finland just as they did Estonia, the other Baltic States, Poland, and Eastern Europe to communism. Finland was exhausted after the Continuation War, and forced to accept harsh peace terms.

    • Raymond Daubney
      Raymond Daubney Year ago +7

      agi, how could Germany blackmail Finland with the supply of grain when Germany itself was cut off from it's grain supply from Russia.? '
      Some of you people will say any bloody stupid thing at all.

    • Doby Pilgrim
      Doby Pilgrim Year ago +4

      Finland was not an ally of NAZI Germany. They were co-belligerents. There is a difference that is important.

    • tyler higgins
      tyler higgins Year ago +3

      That is true enough, although the 1939 Pact was forced on Germany because of the warmongering of England and Poland. Also Finland had very little choice in the matter but to accept Stalins terms and conditions, they were exhausted after their defensive victories in 1944. The Lappland War was more a German retreat followed by a lagging Finnish advance (which infuriated Stalin, the Finns often did that). Both sides were loathe to fight one another, they had great respect for each other after four years of fighting side by side against a common and terrible foe. And if Hitler had been of the same caliber as Mannerheim, Leningrad and Moscow both would have probably been taken by the German Army by Fall 1941. Hitler chose to besiege rather than take Leningrad, the Finns knew if they attacked Leningrad it would never be forgiven by the Russians. It was also clear to the Finns by the fall of Stalingrad that Germany was losing, who can condemn their for refusing to heap their nation on the same funeral pyre that Hitler insisted for Germany?

  • apokalypse 2016
    apokalypse 2016 2 years ago +13

    people like these two are welcome in germany

    • Foudilain
      Foudilain 6 months ago

      +adam messina What about Israel?

    • adam messina
      adam messina 10 months ago +2

      Bob Delon what about Israel??

  • jessie james
    jessie james 2 years ago +7

    watch the movie, THE INNOCENTS about children born of nuns raped in Poland....wonder what happend to those children

  • Frederick-Nrunk Kamara
    Frederick-Nrunk Kamara 2 years ago +9

    I've heard of stories like this and I thought it only happened in France and Norway.

    • kivikunnas
      kivikunnas 18 days ago +1

      Germans was our Brothers of Arms in Finland in 1941-44

    • Carla venero
      Carla venero 5 months ago

      No- Sweden too and Poland

    • Richard James Lengthon
      Richard James Lengthon 11 months ago +5

      Frederick-Nrunk Kamara those were occupied countries, Finland was a co-belligerent.

  • amartinjoe
    amartinjoe 3 years ago +8

    we all return to our past.