17 May 1940, the German army is invading the Belgian city of Louvain. While the English army is retreating the newly rebuilt university library is burning down for the second time. Almost nine hundred thousand volumes are being consumed by the fire, amongst them hundreds of precious manuscripts. The causes of the second destruction of the central library were disputed, but again precious heritage was annihilated.
The videopera "Burning History" (7:30) evokes this historical event in an allegorical opera scene.
KU Leuven publication type:
Centrale Universiteitsbibliotheek edition:Kulturama, "in situ #2 BIBC" location:Leuven, Belgium date:14-17 Februayr 2008