Poland-Finland relations after 1939?

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Poland-Finland relations after 1939?

Post by driftwood » 24 Aug 2020 13:27

What was Finland's stance on Poland during WW2, given that they gravitated into the Axis camp? Did they recognize the Polish government in exile at any point? Did they have any policy one way or the other toward Polish nationals? Wikipedia clams that six Polish volunteers fought for Finland during the Winter War (the source is in Polish, so I can't check to confirm). If that's true, did Finland hand them over to the Germans later on, or allow them to stay?

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Re: Poland-Finland relations after 1939?

Post by Mangrove » 24 Aug 2020 14:55

driftwood wrote:
24 Aug 2020 13:27
What was Finland's stance on Poland during WW2, given that they gravitated into the Axis camp? Did they recognize the Polish government in exile at any point? Did they have any policy one way or the other toward Polish nationals?
Reports by Finland's missions abroad in 1918–1945 can be found online. Finnish embassy in Warsow was evacuated in September 1939. Due to German pressure, Finland requested that the Polish (Government in Exile) embassy in Helsinki should be closed starting from June 1941 onwards. Finland recognised the new Polish Government in 1945 and the Finnish embassy in Warsaw was reopened in October 1945.
driftwood wrote:
24 Aug 2020 13:27
If that's true, did Finland hand them over to the Germans later on, or allow them to stay?
I am not aware of any volunteer who would have been handed over to the Germans after the ending of the Winter War. Finland did not start negotiate with Germany before the summer of 1940. Most of the volunteers had left Finland through Petsamo or Sweden during the spring of 1940, although there were still e.g. some British nationals in Finland in the spring of 1941.

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Re: Poland-Finland relations after 1939?

Post by henryk » 24 Aug 2020 19:25

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