Norman Miller and Simon Surtees take issue with a letter that referred to Finland being an ally of Germany in the second world war

I hope the correspondent pointing out Finland’s “alliance” with Germany in the second world war (Letters, 23 June) isn’t suggesting widespread support for nazism among the Finnish people. As victims of Russian aggression for centuries, Finland’s choice was based on the principle of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”. One of Helsinki’s major museums last December chronicled in chilling detail the Nazi period – a candour that British museums could copy in looking at the horrors of colonial rule.Norman MillerBrighton

• Robin Milner-Gulland’s use of the word “ally” does the people of Finland an injustice. The country’s main argument was with Russia. The alliance with Germany was designed to protect the country from Russian invasion. Evidence suggests the country did as much as it could to subvert Germany’s…

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