The relationship between Belgium and Germany from 1944 to 1958
How did the relationship between Belgium, which had suffered under the yoke of Nazism, and the fledgling West Germany evolve at the end of the Second World War? What role did the Cold War play in the rapprochement between these two countries, with Belgium being the first country to recognise a German ambassador? Christoph Brüll attempts to answer these questions in his thesis which – and this is probably one of its most original features – distances itself from the history of classical diplomacy to focus on the actual people involved, namely the civil population in the border region and Belgian soldiers stationed in Germany.
(1) BRÜLL C., Belgien im Nachkriegsdeutschland. Besatzung, Annäherung, Ausgleich (1944-1958), ed. Klartext, Essen, 2009 (University of Iena, 2008).