Rexists

Rexists

 

(from the Latin motto of the party, Christus Rex, “Christ the King”), the members of a fascist party that existed in Belgium from 1935 to 1944. L. Degrelle was the party’s leader.

In October 1936 the Rexists attempted to seize power by organizing a “march on Brussels,” but their efforts ended in failure. After fascist Germany had seized Belgium in May 1940, they abetted the establishment of the occupation regime in the country and waged a struggle against the resistance. From their ranks there was formed an SS motorized brigade called the Wallonia, which fought against the USSR on the Soviet-German front. (The brigade was routed by Soviet troops in 1944.)

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In Belgium, the anti-democratic forces, mainly represented by the (francophone) Rexists and the "Vlaamsch Nationaal Verband" and "Verdinaso" on the Flemish side, had gained considerable strength.
Martin Conway has carried out a painstaking examination of both Belgian and German archival records, the occupational press, post-1944 Belgian newspapers (1945-48), the publications of Rexists and non Rexists, and extensive secondary scholarly literature as well as interviews.
Conway's judgments on the Rexists are derived by examining their own words and actions from several points of view, the consequences for others, and their place in the interwar and wartime political struggles.
Gradually the Rexists moved from authoritarian constitutional reformers to naive collaborators (1940), to wholeheatted anti-Bolshevik crusaders in the famous Legion Wallonie (1941).