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The German Occupation of Belgium 1940-1944

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Werner Warmbrunn

The study of German occupation policies during the Second World War and of the relation of the people in the occupied territories to these policies provides valuable insight into the political dynamics of World War II. This book describes the structure and activities of the German military administration in Belgium 1940-1944 against the background of the previous occupation of the country during the Second World War, and in comparison with German policies in neighboring Holland. It provides the reader with a precise description and analysis of German policies, draws comparisons between military and civilian (party) occupation regimes, and examines the moral issues faced by German commanders without sympathy for Nazi ideology and actions based on that ideology.

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Notes Chapter One I Walter Ford, Belgian Handbook (London, 1944), p. 7. 2 Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig, Schlag nach iiber Niederlande, Belgien und Luxemburg (Leipzig, n.d.), p. I9. 3 Ford, Belgian Handbook, p. I7. 4 G. N. Clark, Belgium and the War (London, I942), p. 3. 5 John Eppstein, ed., Belgium. British Survey Handbooks. (Cambridge [England], I944), p. 82. 6 Ludwig Pesch, Volk und Nation in der Geistesgeschichle Belgiens (Berlin, 1944), p. 15; Frat!fois PCrin, La Belgique au deft: Flamands et Wallons a la recherche d'un etat (Huy, n.d.), p. I8. 7 Camille Huysmans, Belgie in den storm (Antwerp [I944]), p. I3. 8 Robert Sene lie, Constitutional Monarch)' in Belgium (Brussels, I963 ), pp. IO-I2. 9 Val Lorwin, "Conflict and Compromise in Belgian Politics," Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Asso- ciation, Washington, D.C., September I965, p. 3. In possession of author. (Hereafter cited as Lorwin, "Conflict and Compromise.") IO Val Lorwin, "Belgium," in Robert A. Dahl, ed., Political oppositions in Western Democracies (New Haven, 1966), p. 156. (Hereafter cited as Lorwin, "Belgium.") II Henri Bernard, Terre Commune: Histoire des pays de Benelux microcosme de l'Europe (Brussels, 1961), p. 580. I2 Lorwin, "Belgium," p. 185. 13 Lorwin, "Conflict and Compromise," p. 13. 14 Jules Destree, quoted in Perin, La Belgique au deft, p. 32. 15 Jean Vanwelkenhuyzen, interview with author, Brussels, July 26, 1981. 276 Notes 16 Office of Strategic Services, Research and Analysis Branch, "Survey of Belgium," 1 August 1942, R & A No. 773...

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