As the title suggests, this blog is about Jews in WWII. However it is not about Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. This is about the Jews who fought on both sides, for the allied troops but also for the Axis powers.
This may sound crazy but some Jews even got awarded an Iron Cross.
Major Leo Skurnik was a Jewish soldier/medical officer in the Finnish army.
In September 1941 he organized an evacuation of a German field hospital when it came under Soviet attack. In excess of 600 patients, including SS soldiers, were evacuated.For this action he was awarded the Iron Cross.
Skurnik was one of three Finnish Jews who were bestowed the Iron Cross class 2 . All refused to accept the award.
More then 300 Finnish Jewish soldiers found themselves ‘allied’ to the Nazis when Finland, who had a mutual enemy in the Soviet Union, joined…
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