La Libre Belgique (1940–44)
Satirical letterhead of La Libre
|Founder(s)||Robert Logelain and Paul Struye|
|Founded||August 15, 1940|
|Ceased publication||September 3, 1944|
|Relaunched||La Libre Belgique (from September 1944)|
La Libre Belgique (English: Free Belgium) was published clandestinely by at least seven unaffiliated groups during the German occupation of Belgium in World War II, each unofficially copying the name of the Belgian newspaper, La Libre Belgique.
La Libre Belgique de Peter Pan
The La Libre Belgique of Peter Pan was the longest running edition of La Libre and the most important French-language underground paper.
It appeared bi-monthly; each issue consisted of between 4 and 8 pages. Overall, 85 issues of La Libre Belgique were published during the conflict. It was founded by lawyers Robert Logelain and Paul Struye, and some of the first editions were printed in the basement of the Banque de Bruxelles in the Rue de la Régence.
La Libre Belgique Ressuscitée en 1940
|Founded||September 15, 1940|
|Ceased publication||November 1, 1944|
Brussels (~June 1941)
The La Libre Belgique Resurected in 1940 was another paper, with a relatively small circulation, printed during the war. It was published in Brussels and Liège. After the arrest of the Brussels group in June 1941, the paper continued in Liège only for the rest of the war.
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- "La Libre Belgique". The Belgian War Press. CEGESOMA. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Stone, Harry (1996). Writing in the Shadow: Resistance Publications in Occupied Europe (1st ed.). London [u.a.]: Cass. p. 40. ISBN 0-7146-3424-7.