LEOPOLD'S MISTAKES Belgian Foreign Minister Resumes Debate Rec. 12.30 p.m. BRUSSELS, July 25. The Belgian Foreign Minister, M. Paul Spaak, resumed the Chamber of Deputies' debate on the King's actions with a bitter attack on King Leopold. "We were shocked to hear from the King that we had no obligation at all to our Allies, and that so far as Belgium was concerned in 1940
the war was finished," said M. Spaak. "I am glad to say that the Belgian Government stuck to its principles." M. Spaak said he was sorry that Leopold had not admitted that he made a mistake, in that he visited Berchtesgaden to chat with Hitler and sent congratulatory telegrams to Hitler and the King of Italy. Those things could not be explained away. M. Spaak, speaking earlier in the debate, read a memorandum written by the former Prime Minister, M. Pierlot, concerning his last interview with King Leopold before the Belgian collapse. When M. Pierlot tried to persuade the King to go to England, Leopold, he said, replied: "The Allied cause is lost; I have a feeling that if I leave I shall never return to Belgium."
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BITTER ATTACK, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945
BITTER ATTACK Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945
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