BELGIUM: The Best I Could

Their medals tinkling discreetly on their chests, the five military judges walked into the court. Then the four defendants marched in. First among them was a tall old man, with pince-nez and a vinegar-sour face, who bowed stiffly to the presiding judge. He was Lieut. General Alexander Ernst Alfred Hermann von Falkenhausen, 72, military governor of Belgium in World War II, accused together with three other members of his occupation regime of causing the execution of 240 hostages, deporting Belgians for slave labor, deporting Jews to death camps.

Are There Excuses? There were two ways of looking at the Falkenhausen case....

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