Mysteries Government Through The Iron Bars: Two Years Of German Occupation In Belgium

Through The Iron Bars: Two Years Of German Occupation In Belgium

Through The Iron Bars: Two Years Of German Occupation In Belgium
Catalog # SKU1093
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Emile Cammaerts


The Iron Bars

Two Years Of
German Occupation In Belgium

Emile Cammaerts

A view through the time tunnel of history into the occupation of Belgium, the 'enemy prisons', the control of a foreign government, the disdain of the people towards their occupiers. This expose allows the reader to compare the similar events with current state of affairs in Iraq and the truthseeker immediately recognizes that little has changed in 'governments' inhumanity.


In some of the orders issued there is still a weak attempt at "respecting," in a German way, "the people's patriotic feelings." The Governor of Namur, for instance, discriminates with the acutest subtlety between wearing the national colours in private and in public, and the Brabançonne can for a time be sung, so long as it is not rendered "in a provoking manner." In fact, the Belgians are free to manifest their patriotism so long as they are neither seen nor heard. They are generously allowed to line their cupboards with tricolour paper and to hum their national tunes in the depth of their cellars. But, in most of the orders made under Governor von Bissing's rule (his reign began on December 3rd, 1914), this last pretence of consideration and respect disappears entirely. "I warn the public," declares the Governor of Brussels on July the 18th, 1914, "that any demonstration whatsoever is forbidden on July 21st next."

More than that, the German Administration frequently goes out of its way to hurt the people's feelings. The fact of helping a patriot to join the Army is not merely punished as a crime against the Germans, it is delicately called "a crime of treason," and when people are condemned because they are suspected of belonging to the Belgian intelligence service, the public posters announcing their condemnation speak of them as supplying information "to the enemy."

The sham tolerance of the first days has given way to a restless repression, and even, during the last year, to deliberate persecution. Schools may be inspected at any time by the authorities and every "anti-German manifestation" (that is to say, any pro-Belgian teaching) is severely punished. Shops are raided so that every patriotic picture post-card (especially the portraits of the Royal Family) may be seized, and even the intimacy of the private home is not respected. To begin with, the Belgians have been allowed to show their loyalty-with discretion; next, every patriotic manifestation is excluded from public life; and last, the Germans, through their spies, penetrate the homes of every citizen, and endeavour to extirpate by a reign of terror these same feelings which they so emphatically promised to respect.

Softcover, 5 x 8, 85+ pages


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