Recently I went through the alien file from my great-grandfather Gerschon Lehrer, whom I am named after, which I found in the Belgian state archives.
While analyzing the documents in the file, I came across some letters written between a (Belgian) senator and someone who was working for the Belgian sûreté (State Security). What struck me was that after having checked biographies of these officers (both from the sûreté and the senator), it seemed that they played and important role, if not back then in the 1930´s, then in the future.
Here under are these letters which I´d like to discuss.
The first one is a letter from 27 April 1934 by the officer of the sûreté, Mr. De Foy, who´s checking with senator Van Berckelaer whether in the opinion of the latter my great-grandfather should be entitled to get a permit of residence in Belgium. He´s checking whether my great-grandfather´s stay, who was then a merchant in the diamond business, would be beneficial to the Belgium:
In the next letter, from 11 may 1934, the senator expresses his opinion that Continue reading No ordinary clerks