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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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Appendix: Bibliographical Essay by Willem C. M. Meyers 347

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Appendix Willem C. M. Meyers• The German Occupation of Belgium: A Bibliographical Essay Since Belgian historical publications reflect the cultural diver- sity of the country, most studies are published in French or Dutch. Obviously within the scope of this essay, only a limited selection could be made. The annual bibliography published by the Centre de recherches et d'etudes historiques de Ia seconde guerre mondiale in Brussels so far comprises some five thousand titlesl**. For even more detailed information a number of bibliographies are available.2 A late start By way of introduction, it seems useful to take a closer look at the history of the historiography of the Second World War in Belgium. Belgium, contrary to its neighbors Holland, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany, took a late start where the history of the Second World War is concerned. What would be the reason for this? In 1971, Herman Balthazar, Professor of History at the University of Ghent wrote: * Librarian, Centre de recherches et d'etudes historigues de Ia seconde guerre mondiale/Navorsings -en Studiecentrum voor de Geschiedenis van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, Brussels. ** The notes for this bibliographical essay may be located below, following the text of the essay. 348 Appendix Three preliminary conditions are necessary to study the history of the Second World War- and this goes for any historical subject: a climate, options and documents. "Climate" is the ability to synthesize scientific analyses without being under emotional stress or pressure; 'options': one knows what one is studying and why; a...

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