According to Tobias Hübinette, an associate professor of Karlstad University, there are clear parallels between Daesh* returnees and SS soldiers: both were in their 20s and acquired wives and families abroad, and the Swedish-born Nazis posed a similar ethical problem for their homeland after the war.
“The parallels are very clear. We have met this problem before”, Tobias Hübinette told the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
During World War II, around 200 Swedes joined the SS and fought for Nazi Germany. After the end of the war, a similar debate flared up in Sweden over whether to help the soldiers return home or bring them to justice instead.