History is unexpected, sometimes

In June 1941, war broke out between Finland and the USSR. The Finns called this conflict “the Continuation War” because it was their attempt to regain territory lost to the Soviet Union in the earlier Winter War.

Among the soldiers fighting against the Soviet Union were Finnish Jews. That’s not a big deal yet. But here comes the amazing part.

The Finns launched this war in careful coordination with Nazi Germany’s attack on the USSR.

So you had a situation where Jewish soldiers and German soldiers were fighting in the same battle on the same side against the same enemy.

The German government subsequently issued an Iron Cross medal to a Finnish soldier for gallantry in his role in evacuating wounded Finnish and German troops. The recipient of this award was Jewish.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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