By Victor Chmara
While this claim is astonishing, I do not think it's that implausible.
Given the fact the main body alledged of mass executions was German I find it quite astonishing corraborating evidence has eluded for 60-odd years Western researchers going through German archives.
What springs to mind is the plethora of known "Finnish" military units the Germans planned raising after their instigated coup had taken over Finland once Finland had jumped ship.
It's well known that Finland often treated Soviet POWs and civilians very poorly, and thousands of them died of hunger, diseases and executions.
It is equally well known the mass deaths stopped by late 1943.
Moreover, Valpo chief Arno Anthoni was known for his pro-Nazi views. Of course it's strange that no one's heard of "Einsatzkommando Finnland" before Silvennoinen. Based on the abstract of his dissertation, he seems to be certain that massacres took place, which would imply that he has more to show than just some circumstantial evidence.
It will be interesting to learn who the Einsatzkommando executed.? Salla is within Finnish borders in the sparsely populated part of the country with poor communications network. I doubt there were any Finns in that alledged group and other nationalities would have had to have been transported there by the Germans (apart of the POW's they captured). Anybody have data on the number of forced labour persons the Germans transported to Finland ?
Let's wait and see.
Gentlemen. Gather ye mud.