Edith Cavell: On Trial in the Belgian Senate Chamber
On October 7, 1915, German officers
crowded into the magnificent Belgian senate chamber in Brussels. The ceiling was decorated with
gold. The walls were covered with rich wood paneling. Although the red velvet
seats were embroidered with the Lion of Belgium, few Belgians were allowed to
attend this event, except those the German officers had come to see.
Thirty-five prisoners—most of them Belgian and many of whom had never seen each
other before—filed into the room under guard. Six of them were given seats that
faced the judges. Between each of these six stood a soldier with a fixed
first prisoner called to testify at this trial was not Belgian but British. Her
name was Edith Cavell.