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The German Occupation of Belgium 1940-1944.

Author: Werner Warmbrunn
Publisher: New York : Lang, Peter, Publishing Inc., 2012.
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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
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Warmbrunn, Werner.
German Occupation of Belgium 1940-1944.
New York : Lang, Peter, Publishing Inc., ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Werner Warmbrunn
ISBN: 9781453909973 1453909974
OCLC Number: 817914613
Description: 1 online resource (386 pages)
Contents: Table of Contents; Foreword by José Gotovitch ix; Preface and Acknowledgements xi; Introduction 1; I. Before the Occupation 5; The Land and the People 5; Institutions and Society 6; The Monarchy 13; Politics and Government 1918-1940 17; The "Language Question" 24; Foreign Policy 34; The Invasion and its Aftermath 43; II. Survey of the Main Periods of the Occupation 53; III. The Establishment of the New Administration 63; National-Socialist Government and German Designs on Belgium 63; The Establishment and Organization of the Military Command 68; General von Falkenhausen and his Staff 77. The Reports of the Military Administration: Intentionality and Reliability 93The Struggle Over the Introduction of a Civilian Administration (Reichskommissariat) 96; The Germans and the Belgian Administration 104; The Germans and the Administration of Law 114; IV. German Political Activities 125; General Policies 125; Policy Toward King Leopold 127; Nationality Policies (Volkstumspolitik) 130; The Germans and the Mass Media 136; Police and Security Measures 141; The Persecution of the Jews 149; Labor, Welfare and Culture 172; The Germans and Belgian Prisoners of War 186. V. The Economic Exploitation of Belgium 191General Observations 191; Reconstruction and Transportation 193; Stages of Exploitation 198; Agriculture and Food 214; Labor and the Labor Draft 225; The Management of Finances, Wages and Prices 238; External Trade 247; VI. Summary and Conclusion: The German Occupation Regime in Belgium 1940-1944 249; The German Administration: Personalities, Policies and Political Effectiveness 251; Economic Exploitation 259; The Moral Issue 263; Final Conclusion 266; Glossary 269; Selected Abbreviations Employed in Notes and Bibliography 273; Notes 275.

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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.

"Professor Warmbrunn's account of Belgium during the Second World War is a thorough and ably presented study of a hitherto largely neglected topic. His treatment of German occupation policies, notably the conflicting approaches of the Military Command on the one hand, and Gestapo and SS on the other is particularly enlightening. He has also done a superb job describing the persecution and deportation of Belgium's Jews". (Werner T. Angress, SUNY Stony Brook) "Werner Warmbrunn has the best possible qualifications for a comprehensive study of the German occupation of Belgium during the Second World War. His intimate understanding of Western Europe enables him to appreciate European sensibilities sometimes so difficult for outsiders to comprehend. In addition his profound study of original sources gives the book all the required scholarly qualities, and his passion as a historian makes for interesting reading." (José Gotovitch, Université Libre de Bruxelles) "Given the enormous and continuing interest in the history of the Second World War in Europe this book should have an interest to a wide range of historians, political scientists, and others. It contains information not otherwise available. This study should remain the standard work on the subject." (Allen C. Greenberger, Pitzer College) " ... this is the best overall treatment of Belgium during World War II in any language." (Carl Strikwerda, Central European History) "The analysis is an even-handed one, and based on extensive use of primary material together with a wide range of French and Flemish sources. While extremely informative in its own right, the book also provides a basis for further comparative research on German rule throughout occupied western Europe." (Bob Moore, German History).

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