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 vibrant prose, he recollects the outbreak of global battle II in September 1939, the “Phony War,” the German invasion of may possibly 10, 1940, and the Wehrmacht career. in detail concerned with the political and public lifetime of this small democratic kingdom, Waller didn't stick to Grand Duchess Charlotte and her executive into exile. as an alternative, he remained so long as he may to witness and champion the Luxembourg humans, doing his most sensible 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 below the banner of Heim ins Reich.
From his pivotal place as dean of the diplomatic neighborhood, consultant of the strong usa; and depended on confidant of leaders, executives, and voters alike, Waller used to be aware about info from quite a lot of resources: executive, army, the church, the professions, the resistance, usual humans, and refugees. He narrates gripping money owed of person initiative and braveness and exposes the numerous respectable obstacles to the well timed rescue of refugees. His observations shed new gentle on lifestyles in Luxembourg from 1939 to 1941, while he used to be ultimately expelled from the country.
The editors’ advent areas this short yet hugely major memoir within the context of Waller’s kin history, schooling, and occupation, together with his dramatic go back to Luxembourg at its liberation through American troops in 1944 and his participation within the Grand Duchy’s postwar renaissance. vast annotations and pictures supplement the textual content.