Friday, October 26, 2012
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in 1943 inspects and chats with Swedish members of the Waffen SS (perhaps from the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking but more likely from the 11th SS Panzergrenadier Division Nordland). There were about 25 SS Divisions made of volunteers from various, mainly occupied, countries, but Sweden was an exception. It was oficially neutral but more of a non-beligerant in my book (not that I'm any expert here). With a population then just over 6 million, Sweden had a relatively high per-capita Nazi volunteer rate.
The more you learn about its history during this time, the less you like Sweden, no matter how holier than thou enlightened they are now.