Paul-Henri SPAAK

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Belgian, Dutch, Luxembourger and Swiss politician

BelgianBorn Paul Charles Henri SPAAK

Belgian Socialist politician and statesman

Born on January 25, 1899 in Schaarbeek, België

Died on July 31, 1972 in Brussel, België

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Paul-Henri Spaak was born in Schaerbeek, Belgium, to a distinguished Belgian family. His grandfather, Paul Janson was an important member of the Liberal Party. His mother, Marie Janson was a socialist, and the first woman to enter the Belgian Senate, and his father, Paul Spaak was a poet and playwright. Another noted members of his family included Paul Henri's uncle Paul-Emile Janson who served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 1937 to 1938 and his niece, Catherine Spaak, a movie star.

During World War I, Spaak attempted to join the Belgian Army, but was captured by the Germans, and spent the next two years in a German prison camp. At the end of the war, Spaak was released from captivity and entered the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he studied law. During the same period, Spaak was also a tennis star, and played for the Belgian team in the 1922 Davis Cup.


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