Holocaust-Era Assets

RG 84: Finland

State Department and Foreign Affairs Records

Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (RG 84)


When World War II began Finland declared its neutrality.  But on November 30, 1939 it was attacked by the USSR and fought the Soviets until March 1940, at which time Finland yielded territory and made other political concessions to Russia. On June 22, 1941, Finland joined with Germany in attacking the Soviet Union and continued to fight the Russians until an armistice of September 19, 1944.  Finland would have wished to have broken with the Germans earlier, but they were dependent upon Germany and German-occupied countries for 85 percent of their imports, chiefly grain, fuel, fertilizers, and war materials.  Finland then fought another campaign until April 1945 to drive the Germans out of northern Finland (Note 65)

Records of the Helsinki Legation

General Records 1936-1952 (Entry 2440)
Boxes 1-138

Classified General Records 1942-1955 (Entry 2441)
Boxes 1-33

Secret General Records 1944-1949 (Entry 2442)
Boxes 1-3

Top Secret General Records 1947-1955, 1958 (Entry 2443)
Box 1

Secret Telegrams Sent and Received 1945-1952 (Entry 2444)
Boxes 1-15