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Helsinki Newspaper Asks Introduction of Anti-jewish Laws in Finland

December 24, 1941
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A demand that Finland introduce anti-Jewish legislation is made today by the Helsinki newspaper, Ajan Suunta.

Declaring that the “Jewish question is now coming to the fore as the real dawn breaks on the history of the Finnish nation,” the newspaper stresses “the good results” achieved in solving the “Jewish problem” in France, Holland, Rumania and Hungary. It expresses regret that no action against Jews has yet been taken in Finland, and declares that “the country has followed too long in the wake of Jewish controller states.” It suggests “that now is the time to make a change.”

While admitting that Jews have little political influence in Finland (there are 1,755 Jews in all of Finland according to the latest figures) the Finnish publication asserts that the Jews are indirectly harmful because frequently they hold leading positions in factories and other undertakings. “It positions are taken under Jews,” it adds, “we will lose our national spirit and unity.” The editorial concludes by demanding that the task of rebuilding Finnish racial purity be tackled immediately, since the “new order must not be incomplete.”

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