Last victim of the IIWW

A Finnish IIWW veteran, age 84, was killed under a tank during Finland’s Independence Day military parade in a city of Jyväskylä. The vet made a suicide by literally stepping straight under the tank’s tracks. His body was smashed immediately.
The Finnish media went almost totally silent on this tragic incident. Why? It did not fit to the hidden Finnish culture of militarism and our glorified picture of the IIWW against Soviet Union along with Nazi Germany.
The poor man's act was a spectacle and at the same time it broke some of the heavily guarded and praised spectacular representations of the Finnish society. It shed light to the traumas of the war, as it was a symbolic act of extreme pacifism and civil courage.

You tube have, of course, have video coverage on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsjOLvYcuTc


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