To the editor:
This letter corrects typographical errors in my Sept. 30 letter and includes more facts.
I wrote about misleading comments (in a Sept. 16 article) regarding the Finns.
I said Finland was in the Swedish kingdom “for 650 years (until 1809),” not 1806, as it was printed.
After that, Finland was an autonomous (self-governing) grand duchy in the Russian Empire for 108 years (1809-1917).
Finland declared independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917. With help from their German friends in a war against Russians and Communists (1918), the Finns became free and independent.
I mentioned the Svear and Gotar, not “Gotan,” as it was misprinted, the Germanic groups Swedes are descended from. The Gotar are Goths and it is from their language that the Finnish word for mother was derived. Finns and Swedes are related.
I wrote that Hungarian is now considered Turkic, not “Tukic,” as it was misprinted. Turkic languages are in the Altaic family.
Hungarian was classified as Ugrian in the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic languages. There is no genetic link between Finns and Hungarians (Magyars) and it is now believed the 400 Uralic root words in Hungarian were borrowed from Uralic languages.
In radical identity politics, whites are considered racist oppressors of non-whites. Some people still believe Finns are of Asiatic origin and victims for that reason.
An attempt in Minnesota in 1908 to deny citizenship to Finnish immigrants because of that Asiatic myth, failed. A judge ruled in favor of the Finns, proclaiming them to be white.
After the Soviet Union invaded Finland on Nov. 30, 1939, even Finns who were communists joined the Finnish Army to fight against the invaders. Finnish workers did not rise up against their “capitalist oppressors,” as was expected.