This is a quote from an interview with Leon Degrelle: "I was arrested
in 1940 by French troops, beaten, and moved around from damp jail cells where
I was tortured until finally freed by German troops. They knew who I was
since I was a leader of the Rexist Party, which was a Socialist anti-Communist
political party. Seeing that I would not receive any help, let alone justice
from the authorities in Belgium I knew that that government was illegitimate,
and I decided that the corruption must be challenged." http://rexcurry.net/rexists-rexism-christus-rex-rexiste-leon-degrelle.html
The collapse of Communism in Europe has proven that we were right; we
just needed validation, and now we have it. I think that what we may write
is important, but the history as it unfolds will prove who was right, and
who was wrong. I never believed in the purging of Jews and civilians in general,
and that was not my war. My war was to fight for my country, which would
have been an independent partner of Germany in a Communist free Europe. This
is only now a reality, but we fought for it fifty years ago all the same.
Q- Do you feel that Communism
will eventually die in the rest of the world as well?
A- Yes, it will fall. Governments
are the most intangible structures made by man, they change shapes, and
are altered by the forces of time and nature. However, I am an optimist;
I am hopeful that we as a species will learn from our mistakes, and perhaps
there will be hope for us all. But then again, I could be wrong.
The symbol was considered a type of cross, as was the Hakenkreuz (hooked
cross). German National Socialists did not call their symbol a swastika.
Militant Catholicism, military socialism, Christian socialism. Compare
Under his guidance the Rexists took control of local governments and
newspapers in Belgium. After Belgium was liberated (September 1944) he
was sentenced in absentia to death as a collaborator. Degrelle flew to
Spain in the last days of the war after fighting the Soviet advance into
eastern Germany. In Spain he was protected by Francisco Franco and in 1954
became a Spanish citizen under the name Léon José de Ramírez
the Rexist Party (Parti Rexiste), officially called Christus Rex, founded
in 1930 by Léon Degrelle, a Walloon.
The Rexist movement attracted support
mostly among the Walloons; it had a counterpart on the Flemish side in
the Vlaamsch Nationaal Verbond, or VNV.
This movement shares many National Socialist tenets, particularly in
regard to anti-Boshevism anti-Stalinism?
Even Stalin became anti-communist when paired with German socialists.
Another Rexist flag image is at http://rexcurry.net/rexist-rexism-christus-rex-leon-degrelle1934-1941.GIF
DATE (S) OF INTERVIEW (S)
March 1984, April 1993 (Telephonic)
PLACE OF INTERVIEW (S)
LANGUAGE (S) CONDUCTED
English, German, French
SIGNIFICANCE OF SUBJECT-
Leader of the Belgian Socialist Rexist
Movement; German volunteer, Waffen SS General and 28th Waffen SS
OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE-
In a Rexist newspaper dated 1943, there are photographs of Hitler Youth
boys and girls in service of the people, and one of Rexiste Leader Leon
Degrelle in uniform addressing a crowd at the Reichssportfeld in Berlin.
The pattern of a "saltire raguly couped Gules", or a red saltire resembling
two crossed, roughly-pruned branches, on a usually white field, was the Spanish
military flag from the 15th century up to 1843. The saltire was originally
a Burgundian emblem, first introduced in Spain as the personal badge of Phillip
the Handsome, Duke of Burgundy and King Consort of Castile and Aragon, married
to Joan of Castile and Aragon (daughter of the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and
Elizabeth), the parents of Charles I (Charles V as German Emperor). As such,
the emblem has been called in Spain "cross [or, more properly, saltire] of
Burgundy", even if the term "cross/saltire of St. Andrew" has also been used.
Spanish infantry flew it, and cavalry, artillery, etc. It was first used
not by regular infantry but by the equivalent to the present Spanish [Foreign]
Legion, the "Tercios", volunteer expeditionary troops including infantry
and cavalry. From the 1930s up to recently there has been scarce use of the
Burgundy Cross by infantry units in flags, uniforms etc., whereas it is displayed
in all Spanish Air Force planes (that is what the stylized saltire fin marking
Flags having this cross with many variations were the most common symbol
for Burgundy in the late middle ages. With the union of the Burgundian and
Spanish crowns under Phillip the Fair, it became (again with many variations)
a flag of the Spanish Netherlands (present-day Belgium) and of the Spanish
crown and military forces. Some are visible in old flag charts as "Ostend"
and "Biscay" and a wide variety of them are illustrated in Perez and Gonzales,
Banderas de España, 1983 and some have dates as early as 1520 and
as late as 1931.