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    • Jacques Girard, Ph.D
    • 29.03.07 | 08:19 (IST)

    AS a Jewish survivor of the Nazi occupation in Belgium, I lost over 30 members of my family. At age 12, I became a member of the "Maquis" (Guerillas) in the Ardennes mountains, not far from the site of the famed Battle of the Bulge. Our Commandant, a former Belgian army Officer, had been in charge of demolition of strategic bridges in Liege. As the first major crossing this side of the German border, this was to stop a possible invasion. He witnessed several envoys of King Leopold change the existing charges for boxes of "fresh" powder which turned out to be sand when examined after the "dynamite" failed to explode, as the German troops began to cross into Belgium at dawn on May 10,1940, while the King, his family and cronies escaped to England...Conversely, his mother, Queen Elizabeth, of German blood, remained and served as a helpful liaison with the Nazis, as the head of the Belguan Red Cross.

    from the article: New study blames Belgium's elite for cooperating with Nazis
    First published 00:00 13.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 13.02.07
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