During the First World War, the German occupier used the Senate hemicycle as a military court. This bronze plate lists the names of 35 resistance fighters who were sentenced to death and executed here.
One of them was Oscar Hernalsteens, a widower with three young children. On hearing his death sentence, he hid a note in the senator’s bench where he was sitting, begging for his children to be looked after. The Senate took this task very seriously after the war.
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