Belgium holds exhibit about world war I

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Added On August 4, 2014

The assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 was known as the fuse of the First World War. But the first battle of the war, the Battle of Liege started in Belgium. 
 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, the Province of Liege holds the world' s biggest exhibition about the war.
 
As part of the First World War centenary commemorations, the Province of Liege opened an international-scale exhibition since Aug 2. More than 3000 items are exhibited in two installations at the Museum of Walloon Life and Liege Guillemins Station.
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH):  ANDRE GILLES, President of the Province of Liege
"This is a very important and memorable event for us, because the First World War started from here. We had the first victim here in Liege."
 
All the items of the exhibition were collected from six countries including Belgium, Germany and France. 
 
One exhibition is "Liege in Torment" focuses on the Battle of Liege and the resistance of the forts in August 1914. It shows the difficulty of daily life of local people during the occupation of the German army.
 
SOUNDBITE  (FRENCH): PAUL EMILE MOTTARD, Official of Culture and Tourism
"Local people were deeply suffered from the battle. German Army despoiled food and supplies in Liege to meet the needs of their soldiers."
 
The other exhibition "I was 20 in 14" presents a tour with displays and snapshots of daily life at and behind the frontline.
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH):  ANDRE GILLES, President of the Province of Liege
"In the resistance of the Battle of Liege, many civilians were killed. That' s why we hold the exhibitions to commemorate the war. We want to tell young people to memorize the sacrifice. Dialogue is more important than force."
 
In August 1914, The German Second Army crossed the frontier into neutral Belgium so as to attack France from the north.
    
The Battle of Liege ran for twelve days from August 5 to 16, 1914, and the German force defeated Belgians but suffered heavy losses.
 
Besides large-scale exhibitions, other commemoration arts are also presented. The film  "The 3 Pledges"  directed by Philippe Raxhon was one of them. It recounts the history through the tale of a young man about his three pledges: to answer the call of duty, of his heart and of remembrance.
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH): PHILIPPE RAXHON, Director of "The 3 Pledges"
"The significance of the film is to review the history and think about today, telling generations after generations to cherish the peace."
 
The exhibition will be lasted until the end of May, 2015. The organizers estimate that the total number of viewers will reach one hundred thousand.