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KING DEFENDED

LEOPOLD'S ACTIONS i

Catholic Speakers In Chamber

Of Deputies

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright '• Rec. 1 p.m. BRUSSELS, July 24.^

Catholic speakers in the Chamber of Deputies, defending King Leopold's actions after the German invasion of Belgium, declared that the King in his famous interview with Hitler at Berchtesgaden in 1941 discussed only two things—the improvement of the Belgian food, supply and the return of prisoners of war.

M. de Fleeschauwer, who was Minister for Colonies in the London Government, in exile, acting as spokesman for the Catholics, said that King Leopold did not solicit the interview. The invitation came from Hitler immediately after the capitulation in 1940. The King accepted only when the food position grew worse and prisoners continued to be held in Germany.

M. de Fleeschauwer, answering another of the charges made by the Prime Minister, M. van Acker, declared that the King was willing to join the Maquis in 1944, but the Germans presumably suspected something and increased the guard around the Palace, which frustrated his attempt to do so. • - ~

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KING DEFENDED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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KING DEFENDED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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