Art: Morale Boosters

The ancient Belgian city of Tournai (pop. 32,000) got a double blow in World War II. First German, then Allied bombs wrecked half its homes, wiped out many of its historic monuments and art treasures; by last year Tournai had rebuilt only 100 or so of its thousands of damaged dwellings. A group of citizens decided that sagging morale needed a boost, began to collect some reminders of the days when Tournai was one of the art centers of the western world. They visited neighboring chateaux, searched dusty parish churches and libraries, sent off letters to distant museums, burrowed in the...

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