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On August 19th, 1914 the Germans seized control of the Belgian town of Leuven and began bombarding it. One of the most notable targets, the University of Leuven (Louvain) Library, was soon razed to the ground. An estimated 300,000 books, 1000 manuscripts and 800 incunabula were looted or destroyed! The world was horrified by the wanton destruction and efforts where made to collect books to help replenish the library In 1924 the library was reopened, it was financed by the National Committee of the United States for the Restoration of the University of Louvain.
Sadly and unconscionably the library was leveled again in the fight against the German army in 1940. One million more books were lost.
This is where we’d like to be right now on this rainy Monday!
Cookbooks make the perfect gifts for moms who savor time in the kitchen. If your mother’s tastes run to cucina Italiana or All-American fare or just desserts, you’ll find just the right Mother’s Day present among these new cookbooks.
We love the library at Downton Abbey!