By George Platt Waller
Drafted whereas occasions have been clean in his brain in 1942–1943, Alabama-born American diplomat George Platt Waller's memoir chronicles his war-time adventure within the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In brilliant prose, he recollects the outbreak of global struggle II in September 1939, the "Phony War," the German invasion of may well 10, 1940, and the Wehrmacht career. in detail concerned with the political and public lifetime of this small democratic country, Waller didn't stick with Grand Duchess Charlotte and her executive into exile. in its place, he remained so long as he may to witness and champion the Luxembourg humans, doing his most sensible to rescue the flood of refugees looking visas and asylum within the usa. Waller bitterly condemns the Nazi civilian management, its oppressive racial legislation, and its makes an attempt to annex the rustic to Germany lower than the banner of Heim ins Reich.
From his pivotal place as dean of the diplomatic neighborhood, consultant of the strong usa; and relied on confidant of leaders, executives, and voters alike, Waller used to be aware of details from a variety of resources: executive, army, the church, the professions, the resistance, usual humans, and refugees. He narrates gripping debts of person initiative and braveness and exposes the various legit stumbling blocks to the well timed rescue of refugees. His observations shed new mild on lifestyles in Luxembourg from 1939 to 1941, while he used to be ultimately expelled from the country.
The editors' creation locations this short yet hugely major memoir within the context of Waller's kin historical past, schooling, and profession, together with his dramatic go back to Luxembourg at its liberation by way of American troops in 1944 and his participation within the Grand Duchy's postwar renaissance. huge annotations and pictures supplement the textual content.
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8 And the German hordes invaded Poland on Friday, September 1st! On my return to Luxembourg, His Excellency the prime minister told me that his government had felt obliged to recommend to the Sovereign that She consider most carefully the increasingly menacing developments of the last few days before reaching a decision concerning the president’s invitation. I was therefore quite prepared when She told me a few days later that, greatly to Her regret, She did not believe it would be wise to absent herself from Her people during the weeks between August 20 and September 20.
1940, Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. 8. 00/1363 MP M982/4 RG59 NARA. 9. 0011/492 MP M982/10 RG59 NARA. 10. indb 8 3/19/12 8:30 AM Thunder on the Moselle 9 Glorious days passed, filled with sunshine, and July came to a close. 11 One glorious morning I spent with my cousin and her children visiting the beautiful sights of Liège, ending in a trip to the top of a great tower, from which we saw all the western section of Belgium. In the perfection of tranquility, perfect weather, and complete comfort, the old Europe—having in Belgium and Luxembourg, at least, made a splendid convalescence after the last war—was dying in a glorious sunset.
19 American newspaper correspondents, having arrived at Paris or Brussels and learning that their applications for visas to enter Luxembourg would have to be filed at the Luxembourg Legation or Consulate General and thence forwarded to Luxembourg City for approval or rejection—a process involving days or weeks—got into the habit of telephoning me and asking that I expedite their visas. I could not place myself in the untenable position of asking a foreign government to grant a visa to a fellow countryman when, owing to our own immigration regulations I would be unable to reciprocate.
Defiant Diplomat George Platt Waller: American Consul in Nazi-Occupied Luxembourg, 1939-1941 by George Platt Waller