Pictures from Belgium
Brochure advertising a collection of pictures from wartime Belgium to Dutch cinema managers.
The collection of pictures from Belgium shows the country's beauty, its unique architectural treasures, and the destruction caused by German invaders. According to a German report, these cinema pictures were shown during special screenings for Belgian refugees and were advertised broadly in the Dutch press. Of the nearly 1 million Belgian refugees who arrived at the start of the war, nearly 130,000 remained in the Netherlands for the duration of the war. For the Dutch, the Belgian community present among them and severely affected by war was living proof of German aggression. The German authorities were aware of the active role played by Belgian migrants in spreading anti-German propaganda throughout the Netherlands. In some instances they were able to intervene and turn anti-German propaganda into a pro-German tool, for example with the cinema magazine De Film Wereld. Nevertheless, they kept a close watch of the activities conducted by Belgian refugees in the Netherlands.