Pyhitetty ja torjuttu viime sotien perintö. Merkintöjä paluumatkalta perinnön äärelle

The idealised and denied legacy of the Finnish wars 1939–1945

The attitude towards the reported history and the collective memory of the Second World War became a divide between generations in many European countries in the 1960s and 1970s. In their rebellion against the older generation the children of the war generation brought up nasty questions about their parents' past during the war, at the same time calling into question national myths about the war. Recently, signs have emerged of a need by some of those rebels to understand their parents' past. There is, however, a fear that this kind of a more understanding attitude can reinforce nationalistic tendencies. Therefore, new approaches have been searched in order to find a balance between an understanding and a critical attitude. This Central European discourse about the Second World War has helped me to define my orientation in the research on recollections of the Second World War of Finnish women who belong to my parents' generation. This article is a by-product of my research and it consists largely of elements which could be excerpts form my research diary – if I had kept one.

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