Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2011

In Osteuropa 8-9/2011

Victims, Perpetrators, and Observers
Finland and the Leningrad Blockade

Timo Vihavainen

Deutsche Fassung


In the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939–1940, the Finns lost a part of their territory. In the “Continuation War”, starting on 22 June 1941, Finland fought as a German ally and participated in the siege of Leningrad. After the war, hardly any attention was paid to this fact. Finnish sacrifices and an assessment of the Winter War were more important at first. Starting in the 1960s, the blockade began to attract attention. Only a few Finnish and foreign historians assign Finland complicity in the genocide in Leningrad.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2011, pp. 49–64)