Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Hendrik Brugmans 1951
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1951 Hendrik Brugmans
Born on 13th December 1906 in Amsterdam.
Studied history of French literature at the University of Amsterdam and the Sorbonne in Paris, promoted to Dr. Phil. in 1934, thereafter active as a grammar school teacher.
Member of Dutch parliament for the Dutch Labour Party from 1939 to 1940.
From 1942 to 1944 he was detained by the Gestapo; he joined the resistance movement after his release.
In 1946 he had a significant involvement in the founding of the Union of European Federalists, becoming its first President. He was also among the founding members of the European Movement.
From 1950 to 1972 he was rector of the College of Europe in Bruges, which he himself had established, and belonged to the professor’s council of the University of Utrecht.
From 1973 to 1980 he held the chair of Professorship for Cultural History at the University of Leuwen.
Numerous publications regarding European matters (literature, culture, history, federalism, European union).
Died on 12th March 1997.
Speech (extract) by Mayor Albert Maas
Speech (extract) by Hendrik Brugmans
Photo Hendrik Brugmans