Saturday, September 02, 2006

Finland & Himmler's scholars   posted by Razib @ 9/02/2006 01:06:00 AM

In The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust the author claims that:

  • The attempts by a Finnish anthropologist to assert that the Finns were an "Aryan" people was greeted with some hostility from his colleagues. There was a reference to Finns having their own ideas, but the footnote wasn't clear and I don't have time to track it down (and the cite is clear a German language publication). But, I wonder if part of the issue might be what Jaakkeli has spoken of in regards to Finnish ideas of hybrid vigor

  • He filmed Karelian illiterate magicians and witches and recorded their "spells." It would be interesting to see this footage as the-European-as-primitive-savage would be a novelty.

  • One argument for the Finns' Mongoloid/Asian origins was that their reserved and taciturn character was more Asiatic than European.