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Date de parution : 01/01/2014

PAUL J. TIMBAL, “WHY THE BELGIAN DIAMONDS NEVER FELL INTO ENEMY HANDS. MAY 10, 1940 – JUNE 23, 1940”

par: Bruno Comer

In 1940, Paul Timbal was Managing Director of the Antwerp Diamond Bank. On 11 May of that year, he set out to transport to Brussels a good 100 million francs’ worth (in the value of the time) of diamonds held by the bank. Why the Belgian diamonds never felt into the enemy hands relates the story of his subsequent odyssey, which ended only on 23 June in London. The story is his day-by-day account of those six turbulent weeks, played out against the background of the German Blitzkrieg and the consequent flight of people in the face of it. The atmosphere of the account is coloured by the confusion and the conditions of existence marking that tragic period. The account also sheds a great deal of light on the attitudes of top figures in the financial world, on the behaviour of politicians and on the dilemmas that Timbal had to deal with. It was written more than three years after the events it describes, but the passion of those days comes through in undiminished force.

 

Dit is een uitgave van de Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis. / Ceci est une publication de la Commission royale d'Histoire. / This is a publication of the Royal Historical Commission 

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PAUL J. TIMBAL, “WHY THE BELGIAN DIAMONDS NEVER FELL INTO ENEMY HANDS. MAY 10, 1940 – JUNE 23, 1940”
Auteur(s) : Bruno Comer
ISBN : 9782870440117
Taal : Anglais

Le(s) auteur(s)

Bruno Comer (1955) read law at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and gained the Certificate of International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna (Italy). He was for many years corporate journalist at KBC Bank & Insurance. In 2009, jointly with Chaim Even-Zohar, he wrote a corporate history of the Antwerp Diamond Bank, which is the basis for the present work. He is author of a book on the campaign of the Belgian Army in May 1940: Mei '40, de onbegrijpelijke nederlaag and has published, chiefly for younger readers, an informative book on capitalism: Kapitalisme zonder cijfers. It was with an earlier version of that work that he won a 1996 essay award in a literary competition organized by the Province of West Flanders. He has five books for young people to his name, the first of which, Gok om Damnos, received the 1985 Jacob van Maerlant Prize for new talent.

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