Martta Koskinen was a Finnish seamstress and a staunch Communist. During the 1941-1944 war between Finland and the Soviet Union, she worked as a messenger and spy for the underground Finnish Communist Party.
In 1942 the police searched Koskinen’s apartment and found secret information and confidential messages, including information on military secrets. Koskinen was tried in the military court and sentenced to death for espionage and high treason.
She was executed by firing squad on 29 September 1943, and remains the last woman to be executed in Finland.
In her last letter to her sister, she writes:
“*I remain calm, for I have a good consciense, and I believe that some day the truth will come to light and justice shall win. I won’t be here to see it, but knowing that it will happen gives me the courage to face death. As I have written before, you mustn’t curse anyone or hate anyone because of my fate, or speak of revenge.*”