Peter Schmitz-Mülders

(Eupen, 1887-1938) Writer and sculptor, returned severely injured and marked forever from Worl War I. Co-founder of the L’Invalide newspaper (1923) and very active in Belgium’s cultural and artistic circles, at first he published short stories on historic and regional subjects. Given increasing support for belicist, revisionist and even nazi positions in the Belgian Eastern Cantons he took an active stance in pacifism. He became a British agent and drew on his traumatic war experience to write a touching novel, Golgatha (1937). The novel exhausted his forces, and he survived its publication by only a few months. Immediately after their invasion (1940) the nazis burnt the book and removed the author’s remains from Eupen military cemetery.