Ivan Baruch Kutisker in Finland

Initial encounters with Finnish antisemitism before the Great German Scandal

  • André Swanström Åbo Akademi University

Abstract

Ivan Baruch Kutisker was a Lithuanian Jewish businessman who became a prominent symbol of Nazi propaganda and antisemitism in the Weimar Republic. Before Kutisker came to Germany he had a brief engagement as the Finnish government representative to Soviet Russia. This article contributes to the research on Kutisker as well as to the research on antisemitism in Finland. Ivan Kutisker’s sojourn in Finland has been an unknown chapter in his life. Kutisker’s contact persons in Finland were Heikki Renvall, Kai Donner and K. N. Rantakari. The attitudes displayed by Renvall, Donner and Ranta­kari indicate that antisemitism was widespread among the Finnish political and military establishment. The article illustrates how antisemitism influenced the thinking and decision-making of high-ranking Finnish officials.

Section
Articles
Published
Dec 2, 2017
How to Cite
Swanström, A. (2017). Ivan Baruch Kutisker in Finland: Initial encounters with Finnish antisemitism before the Great German Scandal. Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, 28(2), 23-38. https://doi.org/10.30752/nj.67750