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Tuuli Matila & Vesa-Pekka Herva (2022) `They are also victims of the war´: heritage narratives of the Nazis and their victims in Finland, Rethinking History, 26:4, 493-516, DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2022.2126618

‘They are also victims of the war’ : heritage narratives of the Nazis and their victims in Finland

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Author: Matila, Tuuli1; Herva, Vesa-Pekka1
Organizations: 1Department of Archaeology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-03-27


This article engages with the contemporary perceptions and representations of the Finnish cooperation with Nazis during World War II. The Finnish-German relations were complicated during the war, as Finland was first an ally of Germany but later turned against the German troops in the country. Focusing primarily on the uses of photographs, personal memoirs and oral histories in museum exhibitions and related contexts, we examine how the complex Finnish relationship with Germans is narrated. In particular, we consider the significance of the emotive and affective qualities of the presented material and how they mediate perceptions of and relationships with the wartime past. We first examine the friendly relations between Finnish civilians and German troops and move on the discuss how Finns perceive and position themselves to the Nazi racialized warfare and the Holocaust.

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Series: Rethinking history
ISSN: 1364-2529
ISSN-E: 1470-1154
ISSN-L: 1364-2529
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Pages: 493 - 516
DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2022.2126618
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This work has been supported by the Söderholm foundation and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation under grant number [00190227].
Copyright information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking History on 27 Sep 2022, available at: