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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 event within the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In shiny prose, he remembers the outbreak of global struggle II in September 1939, the "Phony War," the German invasion of may well 10, 1940, and the Wehrmacht profession. in detail concerned with the political and public lifetime of this small democratic kingdom, Waller didn't keep on with Grand Duchess Charlotte and her executive into exile. as an alternative, he remained so long as he might to witness and champion the Luxembourg humans, doing his top 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 less than the banner of Heim ins Reich.

From his pivotal place as dean of the diplomatic neighborhood, consultant of the robust usa; and relied on confidant of leaders, executives, and voters alike, Waller was once aware of info from a variety of assets: govt, army, the church, the professions, the resistance, usual humans, and refugees. He narrates gripping money owed of person initiative and braveness and exposes the various authentic obstacles to the well timed rescue of refugees. His observations shed new mild on lifestyles in Luxembourg from 1939 to 1941, whilst he used to be ultimately expelled from the country.

The editors' advent locations this short yet hugely major memoir within the context of Waller's relations history, schooling, and profession, together with his dramatic go back to Luxembourg at its liberation via 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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Das letzte Lied war ein Schrei nach Freiheit,” LuxWort, 14 September 1989, 5. 7. Krippler-Müller, 1983), 10–26. 8. Many Luxembourgers shared a concern that eventually the belligerents would abandon their defensive mode, a strategy based on the Westwall and the Maginot line. Germany presumably lacked adequate supplies of strategic raw materials, a problem compounded by the Allied blockade, hence the conclusion that Germany would seize the initiative with a westward thrust which would certainly result in an occupation of the Grand Duchy.

Indb F 3/19/12 8:30 AM Henry and Erna Leir honor Waller for his rescue efforts. Courtesy of Office of Alumni Relations and Stewardship, Fletcher School, Tufts University. indb G 3/19/12 8:30 AM Waller portrait, 1935. Copyright courtesy of Foog Family Private Collection. indb xxvii 3/19/12 8:30 AM Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg. Photo: Edouard Kutter. Copyright courtesy of Photothèque de la Ville de Luxembourg. indb xxviii 3/19/12 8:30 AM By gracious permission, this book is dedicated to Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg— the mother of Her country, the sister of a saint, the Sovereign of an enchanted land.

Hamilton, New York, to Pierre Dupong, Luxembourg, 11 August 1939, File 17/0001–03 AE ANLux. 7. Ambassador Davies had later occasion to vouch for Waller’s “ability, good judgment and effectiveness” and the great service he rendered to Luxembourg, together with testimonials from Mr. ” Joseph E. Davies, Washington, to Sumner [Welles], 21 December 1940, Memorandum, Welles Papers, Office Corr. 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.

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