Rexist


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Rexist

a member of the Belgian pro-fascist party of the 1930s.
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In French-speaking Wallonia, Leon Degrelle's created the fascist Rexist party and later organized the Legion Wallonie that fought alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front.
The following quote from a publication of the Rexist movement, a 1930s ultra conservative movement for youth (which later supported the Nazi occupation of Belgium), is telling in this regard.
In 1936, Belgium was the first country to introduce parliamentary interpretation, following repeated demands by Leon Degrelle's Rexist Party.
Even though the dike in this highly industrialized early democracy had been very high, in the crisis situation of 1937 when Rexist leader Degrelle put forward his major challenge the tension was considerably relieved by the positive interventions of Cardinal van Roey and the formation of a broader-based democratic coalition under Prime Minister van Zeeland.
Originally written as an Oxford dissertation, this magnificent study is certainly the definitive treatment of the Rexist role in Occupied Belgium.
The constant refloating of the Rexist organization by taking in new personnel meant that the original rural Catholic and Belgian flavor was replaced by a secular and particularist (Wahonian)--indeed urban Lumpen--crowd.
Along with the account of the Rexist collaboration, a general narrative of the occupation is fitted into wartime events in a highly readable account Comparisons with French experience add to its value.