By ALICE von HILDEBRAND
The two episodes related here are factual and teach us a noble lesson: Generosity has both its reward and its price.
When the Germans brutally invaded Belgium on August 4, 1914, two young men closely bound by a deep friendship since their grammar school days were both immediately enlisted in the small but heroic Belgian army. One of them was married and his wife had recently given birth to a boy.
The German invasion was of such brutality that it was even acknowledged by a German general: They had to win fast and the only road to immediate success was to crush the Belgian resistance delaying their entrance into France from the north not protected by the famous Maginot line. Germany and Belgium had signed a nonaggression treaty, which the Germans broke. The Germans became infuriated by the heroic defense put up by the small Belgian army. … Continue Reading