Yesterday,  the square dedicated to Stéphane Hessel was inaugurated. He was a diplomat, politician and naturalized French German writer, fighter in the French Resistance during the Second World War.


Square ‘Stéphane Hessel’ was inaugurated this morning at 13.00 on the Solbosch campus of the Free University of Brussels, in the presence of his wife Christiane Hessel-Chabry, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the authorities of the Region and the City as well as the authorities of the ULB and the UAE, after a brief but intense speech in memory of Hessel. The ceremony ended with the deposition of a commemorative plaque in honor of this great man behind the statue of the founder of University Theodore Verhaegen, in Roosevelt Avenue.

Resistant and French diplomat, Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013) was a staunch defender of human rights: more times deported, after the liberation from Nazism he collaborated with Henri Laugier and participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1962 he created the AFTAM (Association for Training in Africa and Madagascar). After a long diplomatic career, named “Ambassador of France” by François Mitterrand in 1981, he devoted their retirement years to militancy in favor of ‘sans-papiers’ and the Palestinian cause. Hessel is also the author of the manifesto “Time for outrage!” (‘Indignez-vous!’) published in 2010, which influenced the movement of “Indignants”. He came to talk about his struggles and hopes for the ULB in May 2011.


On the commemorative plaque was inscribed: “If the European youth has no future, Europe will have none either!”


Claudio SANNA

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