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Karl Rudolf Waldén

Swedish: Carl Rudolf Valfredsson Waldén
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Death: October 25, 1946 (67)
Sysmä, Finland
Immediate Family:

Son of Walfrid Emanuel Waldén and Matilda Kristina Waldén
Husband of Anni Hellin Waldén
Father of Juuso Walden; Anna Olivia Waldén; Emanuel Waldén; Liisa Waldén and Lauri Karl Gustaf Waldén
Brother of Gustaf Viktor Waldén; Maria Boesl and Eva Maria Konkola

Occupation: General, paperiteollisuusmies, Jalkaväen kenraala
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About Rudolf Waldén

2:n luokan Mannerheimristin ritari 2. joulukuuta 1944

Karl Rudolf Walden (December 1, 1878, Helsinki – October 25, 1946) was a Finnish industrialist and a military leader. During the Finnish-Soviet Winter War, Walden was recalled to active service. From 3 December 1939 to 27 March 1940, he was a member of the war cabinet. On 27 March 1940 he became minister of defence and continued in this role till 27 November 1944. Walden was able to maintain important diplomatic relationships with Sweden and the United States. Walden represented Finland at the Treaty of Tartu of 1920, the Moscow Peace Treaty (1940), and the Armistice treaty of Moscow (1944). After the Civil war and during the 1930s there was general distrust of the labour movement and the patriotism of the Finnish worker. In Winter War this proved unfounded and the nation was united. Industrial leader Walden and Väinö Tanner (Social Democrat leader and Finnish foreign minister) had developed mutual respect and worked well together. In January 1940, Finland's industry associations acknowledged the trade unions as negotiation partners regarding labour issues.

Civilian and military decorations

In 1919, Walden became Commander of the Order of the White Rose. Later, he received the Grand Cross of the order. For his services during and after the Finnish Civil War he was awarded the Grand Cross of Liberty. He was also awarded the Iron Cross (1918). During the 1920s, Walden became a knight of the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden). In 1928, Walden received the Danish Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog personally from King Christian X. During his service as minister of defence, Walden received several decorations including the Swedish Order of the Sword, the German Order of the German Eagle and Iron Cross (1939) 1st and 2nd class, the Hungarian Grand Cross of Order of Merit, and the Romanian Grand Cross of Order of the Star. On 2 December 1944 he received the Mannerheim Cross of the Order of the Cross of Liberty for his services to the country.

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Rudolf Waldén's Timeline

December 1, 1878
Helsinki, Finland
April 5, 1907
Age 28
Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Age 29
Age 30
June 4, 1914
Age 35
Viipuri, Finland
March 17, 1919
Age 40
Helsinki, Finland
October 25, 1946
Age 67
Sysmä, Finland