By George Platt Waller
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 adventure 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 might 10, 1940, and the Wehrmacht profession. in detail concerned with the political and public lifetime of this small democratic country, Waller didn't stick to Grand Duchess Charlotte and her executive into exile. as an alternative, he remained so long as he may perhaps 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 less than the banner of Heim ins Reich.
From his pivotal place as dean of the diplomatic group, consultant of the robust usa; and relied on confidant of leaders, executives, and electorate alike, Waller used to be aware about info from a variety of assets: govt, army, the church, the professions, the resistance, traditional humans, and refugees. He narrates gripping money owed of person initiative and braveness and exposes the numerous professional stumbling blocks to the well timed rescue of refugees. His observations shed new gentle on existence in Luxembourg from 1939 to 1941, while he was once eventually expelled from the country.
The editors' advent locations this short yet hugely major memoir within the context of Waller's family members historical past, schooling, and profession, 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. wide annotations and images supplement the textual content.
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Additional resources for Defiant Diplomat George Platt Waller: American Consul in Nazi-Occupied Luxembourg, 1939-1941
Hamilton, New York, to Pierre Dupong, Luxembourg, 11 August 1939, File 17/0001–03 AE ANLux. 7. Ambassador Davies had later occasion to vouch for Waller’s “ability, good judgment and effectiveness” and the great service he rendered to Luxembourg, together with testimonials from Mr. ” Joseph E. Davies, Washington, to Sumner [Welles], 21 December 1940, Memorandum, Welles Papers, Office Corr. 1940, Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY. 8. 00/1363 MP M982/4 RG59 NARA. 9. 0011/492 MP M982/10 RG59 NARA.
Indb C 3/19/12 8:30 AM First Waller home in Luxembourg, site of many July 4th celebrations. Rue des Glacis, Waller residence from 1938. indb D 3/19/12 8:30 AM Sketch of Waller appearing in the Escher Tageblatt 6 July 1936, recounting the Independence Day reception at his home. lu. S. Legation. indb E 3/19/12 8:30 AM Michael Foog. Copyright courtesy of Foog Family Private Collection. To deal with the flood of applications, Waller often typed visa information himself. Copyright courtesy of Foog Family Private Collection.
19 In 1919 Her Royal Highness espoused Her cousin, His Royal Highness Felix, Prince of Bourbon-Parma, whom She created prince of Luxembourg the day before the marriage. ”20 Ascending the throne in 1919, the Grand Duchess Charlotte gave to Luxembourgers two years later their hearts’ desire—a prince, heir to the throne, proudly bearing the name of his great ancestor, that noble ruler of Luxembourg, John the Blind, count of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia, who heroically fell at the Battle of Crecy in 1346.