Belgian collaboration

"Rex ou Moscou" meeting card.


A card for a interbellum Rex party meeting, some 2 months after the great electoral succes on 24/5/1936, featuring famous WW2 collaborator Leon Degrelle on Communism.
The spectacular election result drew attention abroad and three days before the Rex meeting on the card he met with Mussolini (27/7/1936), obtaining substantial financial aid.
Two months later (26/9/1936) he also met with Hitler in Berlin, resulting in aid from the German Ministerie of Propaganda which he always denied after the war.
Source: Maurice De Wilde, Belgie in de Twee Wereldoorlog - Deel 3 "De Nieuwe Orde".

"Volk en staat" VNV daily newspaper.


Printed on the seized presses of the Socialist newspaper "de Volksgazet" during the occupation of Antwerp, in this edition an article by the VNV propaganda chief Reimond Tollenaere is featured,
in which he urges the Flemish to enlist in the Waffen SS. Told to recruit for the Waffen SS or loose the chance of possibly being the only recognized political party in Flanders, the VNV leader Staf De
Clerq had allready ordered all his militia members to enlist in the Waffen SS "Standarte Westland" on 20/4/1941. (Source: Bruno De Wever, Greep naar de macht. Vlaams-nationalisme en Nieuwe Orde. Het VNV 1933-45).
Although included in the "EĆ©nheidsbeweging-VNV" formed in May 1941, before Barbarossa started Verdinaso members were forbidden to enlist in the Waffen SS by their leader Jef Francois.

"Nationaal-Socialisme of Bolsjewisme - Leven of ondergang van Europa" Eenheidsbeweging-VNV booklet.


Shortly after Germany invaded Russia on 22/6/1941 the "EĆ©nheidsbeweging-VNV" published this booklet written by their chief of propaganda Reimond Tollenaere.
Welcomed by both VNV and Rex party leaders as a chance to gain the Germans favour, a Flemish and Walloon Legion against Bolsjewism were announced in early July.

"De Nationaal socialist" Eenheidsbeweging-VNV weekly newspaper.


As compensation for the "Hier Dinaso!" newspaper stopped by Verdinaso after it merged into the Eenheidsbeweging-VNV, "De Nationaal-Socialist" first appeared on 14-6-1941.
Despite increasing internal resistance against recruiting for the Legion, this issue of 28-2-1942 showed no sign of this and dedicated all 12 pages on the need to fight Bolsjewism.
(Source: Bruno De Wever, Greep naar de macht. Vlaams-nationalisme en Nieuwe Orde. Het VNV 1933-45)

["De Nationaal-Socialist 1941-1944"]


The last page has a list of fallen Flemish, headed by the VNV propaganda and militia leader Reimond Tollenaere who fell at Kopzy on 22-01-1942.
While serving in the Flemish Legion he was killed in a friendly fire incident when artillerie from other foreign volunteers (Spanish "Azul" Division) fired short.