BELGIUM: Autocrat's Adieu

One of the few autocrats brought to power by World War II was a stern but kindly old gentleman who had no claim to kingship, no ambition to tyranny, and no practice in governing. His realm was a miniature collection of former German areas annexed by Belgium and strung out along its border like charms on a bracelet. Under a six-power agreement signed in Paris in 1949, these territories, 7,789½ acres in all, were placed under a special and independent administration, pending a final peace treaty. The man chosen to head that administration was Major General Paul Bolle, grizzled...

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