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The martyrdom of Belgium: official report of massacres of peaceable citizens, women and children by the German army

Official Belgian commission of inquiry,   pp. [5]-19 PDF (6.7 MB)


Page 19


TES ION Y  OF  EYALTE SE.1
From the day of it. First Session our Commission has been
WYing to dover what foundation there might be for this charge-
a charge which seemed very unconvincing to anyone who knew the
charater of the Belgian people. After having examined hundreds
of witnesses-foreigners and natives-and after having exhausted
every possible means of investigation, we affirm once more that th
Belgian people took no part in the hostilities.  The supposed
"France-Tieur" War, which is said to have been waged against
the German Army, s a mere vention    It was invented in order
to lessn in the eyes of the civilized world the impression caused
by the barbarous treatment inflicted by the German Army on our
people, and also to appease the scruples of the German nation,
which will shudder with fear on the day when it learns what a
tribute of innocent blood was levied by its troops on our children,
our wives, and our defenseless fellow-cltize.
Moreover, the chiefs of the German Army have made a singular
error when they try to influence the verdict of the civilized world
by thi particular argument. They seem unaware of the fact that
the repression by general measures of individual faults  system
condemned by the International Conventions at which they scoff.
has long been condemned by the conscience of the nations of to-day.
Among those nations Germany appears for the future as a mon-
strous and disconcerting moral phenomenon.
(Signed) COOREMAN,
Minister of State, President.
COMTE GOBLET DE AVIELLA, Vice-Presdent,
Minister of State and Vice-President of the
Belgian Senate.
CHEVALIER ERNEST DE BUNSWYCK,
Chief Secretary to the Minister of Justice.
ORTS,
CounciUor of Legation to H.M. the King of the
Belgiane.
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