Louvain
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Louvain

(Flemish: Leuven) Belgian university town west of Brussels, celebrated for its university and magnificent Gothic buildings. Here between August 25 and 28, 1914, German troops killed 248 civilians and destroyed a sixth of the buildings. The university library, with its valuable collection of manuscripts from the Middle Ages, was burned to the ground. One of the best known single events of the war, Louvain became known worldwide as a symbol of German war atrocities.

The German military leadership explained the destruction of Louvain as a justified punitive measur…

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Kramer, Alan, “Louvain”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0366>
First published online: 2015



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