GERMANY: Westmark Forever

Alsace-Lorraine does not exist any more for use. . . . We want nothing of France, absolutely nothing.—Adolf Hitler, Berlin, 1938.

Last week, following the expulsion of 70,000 Lorrainers, Nazi Regional Leader Josef Bürckel announced the annexation of Lorraine.* The French Government had evidently, but not publicly, agreed to the transfer, although Marshal Pétain had protested against the expulsion. Joined with the Saar, Lorraine will form the new province of Westmark in the Greater German Reich.

"The situation on Germany's western borders," proclaimed confident Gauleiter Bürckel, "has been defined for all time. . . . The centuries-long battle over the Rhine...

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