Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hidden traces of war

Helsinki is a modern city. Especially in the center most buildings are from the 60s and 70s. But in many areas like Töölö, Eira and Katajanokka also lots of older buildings can be seen. And even though Finland participated in World War II it seems that there has been almost no damage done. At least non that would still be visible.

Well, that is how it appears on first glance. But if you know where to look and look closely you will still find some evidence of fights right in the heart of the city.

Snellman memorial with bullet holes

And so if you walk behind Tuomiokirkko and visit the J.W. Snellman memorial between the Bank of Finland and the House of Estates you will spot some holes in the concrete. Those are bullet holes. And they have intentionally been left there.

You can find something similar on the Pitkasiltä (Long Bridge) connecting Kruununhaka and Hakaniemi. On the western side of the bridge some similar damage can be found that was caused by shootings.

damage caused by shootings during WWII


So next time you pass by one of those places maybe take a minute and search for those hidden but steady reminders of the time of war.

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