Flanders or Flandern is a part of Belgium not the Netherlands.
I know. That must have made you mad.
But the Flemish fascists of the VNV advocated for a "Greater Flemish Union” (Dietsland) comprising Flanders,
the Netherlands and parts of northern France, at least when they weren't arguing with the other Flemish fascist party, Devlag, which wanted Flanders incorporated into the Reich.
Three unpalatable facts confront those who want to rehabilitate the Waffen-SS "European Volunteer Movement"
a) Hitler had no interest in the political aspirations of indigenous fascists
parties of the occupied territories; he in fact viewed them with great suspicion.
b) The SS was primarily concerned with raising recruits - cannon fodder if you will - for its militarized arm
c) Ultimately, the value of the "volunteer movement" was more a policy component to further compliant collaboration in the occupied territories than a military objective to form an effective, multinational SS army. Remi Schrijnen's press junket after his Knight's Cross award being a case in point.
To respond on your words....
In deference to Marcus's admonishment not to digress off the subject I'll avoid responding to your rather boilerplate accusations of US 20th century policies.
I will however, remind you that the US did provide substantial relief to Belgium post WWI
http://hoover.archives.gov/exhibits/col ... index.html
http://www.archives.gov/publications/pr ... lgium.html
and that the Flemish economic historian Herman Van der Wee pronounced the Marshall Plan "a great success"
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/ ... _Plan.html
So at least as far as Belgium is concerned, US polices were not all pernicious.
As for the extent of devastation of Belgium as a result of WWII, The Unknown Dead: Civilians in the Battle of the Bulge
(http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Civilians-Ba ... 0813123526 ) gives a good account. It might be a bit too Walloon-centric for your taste however!
Concerning my historybooks: I have interviewed former
Waffen-SS veterans, DRK-veterans, reading books and visited historical places in France, Germany and Belgium.
As have I. And Harro.
Don't judge about people before you know them,...
and in the eyes off every person his choice was the best choice to made at that moment.
It's also important for us to recognize that underneath the postwar equivocations, fabrications and whitewash,
totalitarianism, lust for power and prestige, admiration for National Socialism, toadying to the Reich and anti-Communism/anti-Semitism
also stirred those volunteer heartstrings as well. I believe this was Harro's point when he mentioned the recent book about Henk Feldmeijer:
http://www.worldcat.org/title/voorman-h ... /795019707
http://www.historischnieuwsblad.nl/nl/a ... eijer.html