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 • 52

  • Genick bar-meir
    Genick bar-meir 18 days ago +1

    who knew that the Finishes have fascistic roots.

  • Boris-Smiff
    Boris-Smiff 19 days ago

    Finnish and German are among the most beautiful of all people on planet earth.

  • ananas
    ananas 2 months ago

    Jee suomi :P

  • Fantastic Grodon
    Fantastic Grodon 3 months 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 5 months ago

    "Mitäs perkele kuuluu?" :D

  • connect your humanity
    connect your humanity 9 months ago

    run SS ruuuunnnnnn

  • Alfred Enisz
    Alfred Enisz 10 months ago +3

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

  • Jonathan Allen
    Jonathan Allen 11 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 11 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 Year 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 +5

    Finland is a good place

  • Doby Pilgrim
    Doby Pilgrim 2 years ago +29

    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 +10

    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 7 months ago

      They did in France. Shaved their heads.

    • mikrokupu
      mikrokupu 2 years 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 +67

    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.

    • AdurianJ
      AdurianJ 10 days ago

      Sweden offered to let the Germans transit through Swedish territory in 1944 to evacuate Finland but they refused. Instead they dragged their feet which allowed the Soviets to issue an ultimatum to the Finns throw the Germans out or face invasion.
      The Germans burned all of northern Finland which is where the hatred comes from as this was unwarranted.
      My family is from the Swedish side of the border are and you would get reprimanded for saying anything good about the Germans in the 80's and 90's still no matter what it was.

    • dennisestrada75
      dennisestrada75 29 days ago

      God damn Europeans should have just stayed home and killed yourself off, especially you Tyler aka hick Higgins

    • Raymond Daubney
      Raymond Daubney 2 years ago +8

      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.

  • apokalypse 2016
    apokalypse 2016 2 years ago +15

    people like these two are welcome in germany

    • Foudilain
      Foudilain 8 months ago

      @adam messina What about Israel?

    • adam messina
      adam messina Year 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.

    • Carla venero
      Carla venero 7 months ago

      No- Sweden too and Poland

    • Richard James Lengthon
      Richard James Lengthon Year ago +5

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

  • amartinjoe
    amartinjoe 3 years ago +9

    we all return to our past.