More than 300 found themselves in league with the Nazis when Finland, who had a mutual enemy in the Soviet Union, joined the war in June 1941.The alliance between Hitler and the race he vowed to annihilate — the only instance of Jews fighting for Germany’s allies — is one of the most extraordinary aspects of the Second World War, and yet hardly anyone, including many Finns, know anything about it.On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union declared war on Finland.The odds, you could say, were against the Nordic country.Only independent for 22 years, it had a total population of 4 million people.On the other hand, the Soviet army was 2.5 million soldiers strong ," the New York Times reported in 1940.A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's Applied Positive Psychology master's program, she's now pursuing doctoral research on sisu at Lahti contrasts sisu with other parts of human strength, like resilience, conscientiousness, or grit, which psychologists say is the best predictor of success.But while grit is maintaining passion and performance in the pursuit of a long-term goal, sisu is your ability to take action against long odds. You're tapping into sisu when you determinedly go after your next job after your company abruptly downsizes, get back into the dating scene after the collapse of a relationship, or literally run an extra mile more than you planned to jog that morning.
Finland is actually rising at 8.5 mm/year, an amazing speed, that can easily stay ahead of any rise in ocean levels.
Finns are traditionally divided into smaller regional groups that span several countries adjacent to Finland, both those who are native to these countries as well as those who have resettled.
Also, some of these may be classified as separate ethnic groups, rather than subgroups of Finns.
The reasons why it’s rarely told go right to the heart of what it means to be Jewish and that race’s quest to be accepted by a long list of unenthusiastic host nations.
The Jewish veterans – a handful of whom are still alive today – insist they’re not ashamed of what they did.