USSR army recruitment, 1930
President Ståhlberg and his wife return to Helsinki after being held hostage by far-right terrorists, Finland, 1930
The Lapua Movement was a Finnish fascist movement, which was active between 1929 and 1932. They had a habit of kidnapping suspected socialists. The hostages were often beaten and humilitated, and at least three of them were killed.
Many members of the Lapua movement had fought against socialists in the Finnish Civil War. After the war President Ståhlberg had pardoned thousands of socialist rebels. Because of this, the Lapua movement considered him a socialist sympathizer.
On 14 October the retired president Ståhlberg went out for a morning walk with his wife Ester. They were ambushed by armed Lapua members, who forced the president into a car. Ester followed her husband willingly, despite his objections.
Late at night the kidnappers arrived in the Eastern Finnish town of Joensuu, where they were supposed to change cars. However, their co-conspirators never showed up. Finally they decided to release the hostages, and flee.
The next morning the Ståhlbergs returned to Helsinki. They were offered a private train, but the president insisted that he would take the normal morning train. The kidnappers tried to board the same train, but the Ståhlbergs recognized them, and they were arrested.
The train stations along the way to Helsinki were packed with people who had heard of the incident on the radio. All kinds of organizations, as well as numerous ordinary citizens, came to express their sympathies and offer flowers. In Helsinki the Ståhlbergs were welcomed by a crowd of 10 000 people. That’s when the photo was taken.
The kidnapping of Ståhlberg marked the beginning of the end for the Lapua movement. The Finnish public was both ashamed and horrified by this pointless act of lawlessness, and popular opinion turned against the fascists.
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