BELGIUM: Life in the Shadow

Reconstruction got under way in Belgium last week with Nazi supervision. Plans for replacing demolished town halls, stations, apartment houses and schools all bore the stamp of Hitler-style architecture; Nazi commissioners made it clear that the new Belgium must harmonize even architecturally with the German model.

Belgian economy was also being adapted to Nazi needs. Coal mines and metallurgical plants worked overtime to supply Germany's war machine, but because of a raw-material shortage, other industries in general employed only 20% of their staffs. Chief problems were 1,000,000 refugees to be brought home, and over 1,000,000 unemployed. Thousands without jobs joined labor...

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