FATE OF AERSCHOT
INHABITANTS BAYONETED. Details of the atrocities committed by the Germans at Aerschot have been told by a Belgian who succeeded in escaping from the fate which overtook many of his friends. The Germans accused the son of the burgomaster of killing a German colonel. This was denied by the burgomaster's son, who only fired to defend his mother and sister from insults by German troops. The Germans, however, surrounded the town, and the inhabitants were then dragged from their homes and the women separated from the men. The men were divided into batches and forced to run toward the river, the troops firing at them as they ran. One man, who escaped by feigning death, afterwards returned, and counted 41 dead bodies of his friends, many of them having been stabbed by bayonets. About 150 of the male inhabitants of Aerschot were compelled to watch the German troops shoot the burgomaster, his son, and the burgomaster's brother. The church of Aerschot, one of tho most beautiful in Belgium, was used as a stable for German horses, the troopers destroying the pictures and fittings in the church.
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FATE OF AERSCHOT, Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
FATE OF AERSCHOT Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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