Monday, January 26, 2009

August 2008

We moor for the evening near this lovely abbey church at Hastieres.
On its wall is a memorial to the fate of the town's citizens at the hands of the Germans in the Great War. The wording is to the point and makes harrowing reading. So appalling that when occupied the second time, even the Nazis were careful to tread more gently here.
It is one of many similar stones we find all over Belgium, spelling out unequivocally the crimes of an occupying force in the last century.

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