Strangers Should Not Whisper

Strangers Should Not Whisper

Strangers Should Not Whisper

Strangers Should Not Whisper

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The title of this book is a genuine West African proverb, which the author did not invent for the occasion. It may be found in H. L. Mencken A New Dictionary of Quotations. This proverb does not say explicitly that strangers are supposed to remain utterly silent, nor does it imply that they are required to shout their opinions. The understanding seems to be that if they pretend to say anything at all, they should try to make themselves audible.

The author of this book is a stranger in your midst. It has been his task since April, 1941, to keep the American public informed about what was happening in Belgium under the German occupation. He has done so mainly through the medium of a modest weekly publication, the official organ of the Belgian Government Information Center, called News From Belgium. It was distributed free to all those who showed sufficient interest in what was going on in Belgium and the Belgian Congo through the war. Of the first issues, 500 copies were printed; later on it reached a weekly circulation of 140,000. Spanish and Portuguese editions were published for Latin America.

A number of readers of News From Belgium insisted repeatedly that the editorial writings of the paper should be put between covers. This was done in Belgium in Bondage (L. B. Fischer, New York, 1943); it is done again in this book. Apart from answering the readers'

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