Brussels Soldiers’ Council


November 10th, 1918. Brussels Soldiers’ Council is established. Inspired by the successful naval mutiny in Kiel which triggered a successful November Revolution in their native Germany, the soldiers and some NCOs of German occupation forces in Belgium started their own mutiny.

Following the example of their comrades-in-arms in Germany, they intended to create an alliance with Belgian civilians (socialists and other lefties) and establish a Communist republic (i.e. “dictatorship of the proletariat”) in Belgium.

They met sufficient opposition (for a few days there were brief skirmishes with the right-wing militia – the Belgian version of Freikorps) to abandon this idea, so the council disbanded and the final German troops left Brussels on November 16th – as stipulated by the terms of the Armistice signed just five days earlier.

About a week later – on November 22nd, the Belgian Army under King Albert I finally entered the city and restored the Belgian law and order.

Unfortunately, one of the leaders of the Council was one Carl Einstein (no relation to the famous physicist Albert Einstein). Carl Einstein was an influential German writer, art historian, politician, critic… and a Jew.

Which for the German anti-Semites (and subsequently to the Nazis) became one more “proof” that all Communist coups, uprisings and organizations were components of the “global Jewish conspiracy” aimed at creating a worldwide Jewish-Bolshevist state. Which in reality was (obviously) not the case at all.


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