'Irish, Finns and Flemings'

De Toekomst Ieren Finnen en Vlamingen 22.06.1918.jpg
Translation Irishmen Finns and Flemings.pdf

Description

In the June 1918 article 'Irish, Finns and Flemings', an anonymous journalist from the German sponsored, Dutch journal De Toekomst [The Future] criticises the lack of Dutch support for the Flemish cause. To read the original article and the English translation, please click on the sources above.

Context

The annexation of Belgium (or at least the Dutch-speaking part of Flanders) and the Netherlands became Germany's main aim in the West during the war. One of the strategies in the German Revolutionary Programme was the development of a cultural-racial policy to strengthen the ties between Germanic people and the German empire. In close collaboration with pro-German Dutch and Flemish intellectuals, German officials developed a Flamenpolitik to destabilise bilingual Belgium, support Flemish grievances, and promote a Great Netherlandish community between the Germanic-speaking Dutch and Flemish. The German sponsored Dutch journal De Toekomst [The Future] encouraged this German-Dutch-Flemish rapprochement. German officials supported irredentist movements all over the world to undermine British, Russian, and French sovereignty. This was the case in Finland and in Ireland. In this article, the anonymous journalist criticised the Dutch for sympathising more with the Irish and Finnish to throw off the English and Russian yoke than with the struggle of their 'own racial' Flemish brothers in Flanders. The author concluded that the Finns, the Irish, and the Flemish were all subordinated people who ultimately wanted to be free.